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Setting the clocks ahead can create sleep disturbances
New York City, NY (March 5, 2009) -- Get ready to set your clocks ahead one hour: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. this Sunday, March 8. First introduced in 1918 as a wartime measure to conserve resources, daylight saving time is favored by many modern Americans because it adds more light in the evenings and has a positive impact on energy conservation (because we're outside more and use less electricity in the house).
If there is any downside to daylight saving time, it's the transition to it from standard time. Setting our clocks forward one hour can create sleep disturbances. For some, it is the minor inconvenience of adjusting to a new sleep schedule. But for people with serious sleep disorders, the transition can be difficult.
Shelby Freedman Harris, PsyD, CBSM, Clinical Psychologist, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program, Sleep-Wake Disorders Center, Montefiore Medical Center, offers the following tips to help you "spring ahead" without feeling sleep deprived:
If you continue to experience difficulties with your sleep, consult with your doctor or see a sleep specialist, as there are many effective treatments available.