-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- When the clocks go back an
hour this weekend, some people may have trouble adjusting to the
Many welcome the switch from daylight savings time to standard
time because it means an extra hour of sleep on Sunday, but some
will find it difficult to adapt, according to Girardin Jean-Louis,
a sleep specialist and professor of medicine at the State
University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn.
Exposure to light at an earlier time in the morning may cause
some people to wake up earlier than planned. This could cause
increased daytime sleepiness that results in impaired mental and
physical abilities, Jean-Louis explained.
Those most likely to experience problems with the switch to
standard time are people who tend to wake early in the morning and
are sleepy early in the evening (morning types).
The National Sleep Foundation offers some tips to help you
adjust to this weekend's time change:
Here are some suggestions for parents from Dr. Gabrielle
Gold-von Simson, a pediatrician at NYU Langone Medical Center and
an assistant professor of pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine
in New York City:
The U.S. Institute of General Medical Sciences has more about
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