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Life & Health: Daylight Saving Time

Mount Nittany Medical Center experts offer advice on handing the Daylight Saving Time switch.
Since we are in the Halloween spirit, let’s talk about something else that’s spooky…daylight saving time.  It will come to an end on Sunday, November 3rd at 2:00 a.m.  While many people look forward to falling back and gaining an extra hour of sleep, the event can actually make your body feel more tired than expected.
 
Dr. John Solic, the Director of the Mount Nittany Sleep Management Program, says the time change throws off a person’s biological clock, and their circadian rhythm, which effects their body temperature, mental alertness, hormone levels, GI function and sleeping habits.
 
Need help adjusting to the change?  Follow Dr. Solic’s tips!
        -  Make small changes to your sleep schedule leading up to the time change.  Try gradually going to bed later and later, so that by November 3rd, you’re going to bed an hour later than you’re used to.  Once the time changes, this will become your regular bed time.
        -  If you can’t adjust your sleep schedule, go to bed and wake up at your regular time on November 3rd.
        -  Sleep in a dark area.  Once the time changes, the morning light will come in an hour earlier, disrupting your sleep and causing longer recovery times.
        -  Expose yourself to light when you’re awake, and be sure to expose yourself to light when you wake up.  This will help your biological clock adjust.
 
Still having problems?  Contact Mount Nittany Health.
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