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What To Do if Daylight Savings Time Affects Your Health

What To Do if Daylight Savings Time Affects Your Health

We're likely to feel the effect of losing an hour of sleep this weekend but there are some things you can to to minimize the effect of Daylight Saving Time.

While some feel nothing more than mildly sleepy on Sunday and Monday others find the time change taking a toll on their mood and productivity.

If you're looking for a way to ease the transition:

"Try eating dinner a little earlier on Saturday evening in an effort to go to bed earlier in the evening.  Resist the urge to stay awake, go to bed at the usual time on Sunday evening," advised Kaiser Permanente's Dr. Swapna Parikh.

Parikh also suggested using the extra evening sunlight to your advantage.

"The key to getting used to the daylight savings is get a good night's sleep.  So go out there, ride a bike, take a walk and enjoy the extra daylight," she said.

Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Dr. Parikah also recommends avoiding a big meal too late in the day and staying off the computer close to bedtime.

You can also expect more people to crash their car Monday.  That's according to research on the effects of Day Light Saving time, which begins Sunday at 2am.

Daylight Savings can be disastrous for tired drivers.  Tufts professor Michael Downing wrote a book about the time shift.

"Scientists tell us that when the slant of light changes so suddenly with the turning of the clocks, we get a few more accidents," the professor said.

It's just one way daylight saving affects Americans.  Research says productivity falls and the chance of workplace injuries and even heart attack increases.

Downing said more sunlight in the evening means we'll be spending more money, and everywhere from malls to ball parks.

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