-- Robert Preidt
SUNDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- The massive East Coast power
outages caused by Hurricane Sandy may make it moot for many, but
clocks still need to be turned back an hour this weekend.
Unfortunately, your internal body clock may not adjust to the
change, but instead react to the cycles of sunlight, said Dr. Qanta
Ahmed, a sleep specialist and pulmonologist at the Sleep Disorders
Center at Winthrop University Hospital, in Mineola, N.Y.
"In the fall, earlier light exposure in the morning may cause people to wake up earlier," Ahmed explained. "This can cause daytime sleepiness. Many may find the fall time change particularly difficult, because they already have a tendency to awaken early in the morning and get sleepy in the early evening."
To deal with the time change, Ahmed suggests the following:
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), experts say.
The National Sleep Foundation offers some tips to help you
adjust to this weekend's time change:
The U.S. Institute of General Medical Sciences has more about
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