Daylight savings time ends–turn back your clocks tonight, sleep, be healthier and help kids adjust
On November 5, 2011 At 1:33 pm
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For those who want to be ahead of the game, as it were, it's time to turn back the clock one hour before you go to bed tonight, (except in Arizona, Hawaii and US possessions) or for those who like to party, you'll get an extra hour. It's a good idea to change your batteries in your smoke detector as well. Doctors suggest that the time change back can be healthy:
"Generally, it is always easier to stay up an hour later than to go to sleep an hour earlier, so most people have relatively little problem setting the clocks back in the fall," said Dr. Steven Feinsilver, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, in an email. "This is because our basic circadian rhythm (the 'body clock') actually seems to be programmed for a longer than 24 hour day. It runs a little slow."
"The circadian clock does not change to the social change," said chronobiology researcher Till Roenneberg of Ludwig Maximilans University in Munich, Germany. "During the winter, there is a beautiful tracking of dawn in human sleep behavior, which is completely and immediately interrupted when daylight saving time is introduced in March."
Here's how to help kids adjust to the new schedule as we fall back: