Many night owls know all too well the switch to daylight savings time coming up Sunday is toughest on them.
People who stay up late can have a hard time trying to get to sleep earlier than usual, while earlybirds have a tougher time handling the return to standard time in the fall, sleep doctors say.
For anyone, a time change is a body clock disruption and potential loss of sleep, so it’s best to prepare ahead, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Some tips from this organization:
— Go to sleep 15-20 minutes early each night before a time change to ease your body into the new schedule.
— On the night before the time change, don’t wait until you go to bed to set your clocks ahead. Do it early in the evening so you can begin adjusting. You might want to eat dinner an hour earlierl, etc. Then go to bed when the clock says it’s your usual bedtime.
— If the time change makes you feel sleepy, try to keep a light schedule and watch out for driving while drowsy. The effects of a time change can take a toll on your body for days.