Get Ready Now for Daylight Savings Time

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

Pamela Minkley is a sleep expert at Inghman Regional Medical Center. She says studies show more household accidents happen the week after daylight savings time takes effects. She says many of these accidents can be attributed to not getting enough sleep.

Teenagers are especially at risk because they are already sleep-deprived and they drive. Younger kids will not present sleepy, but hyperactive or cranky. Loss of sleep can affect their concentration and ability to learn.

This is why experts say you should prepare yourself and your family now. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier and waking 15 minutes earlier than usual for a few days. Then go to bed 30 minutes earlier and get up 30 minutes earlier for the next few days. Do this until you build up to go to sleep and hour earlier.

This way when your alarm goes off an hour earlier on April 3, you'll already be on schedule.


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