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How to get through the day: daylight savings

Mar 10, 2024, 12:30 PM

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Experts say daylight saving time can interrupt our internal clocks. (Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Feeling a bit tired today? You’re likely not the only one. March 10 is the day most people dread, daylight savings.

On March 10, every clock in the United States is turned back by one hour.

A couple states, like Hawaii and Arizona, don’t practice this yearly tradition. But for those who do, Dr. Kelly Baron, director of the University of Utah’s Behavioral Sleep program said you might feel a bit jetlagged today.

“You’re misaligned between your internal clock and external environment,” Baron said.

According to Baron, the effects of daylight savings doesn’t stop there. The lack of sleep can also put stress on the heart and arteries.

Combatting the tiredness

Baron told KSL TV the best way to combat the groggy effects of Daylight Savings is to regulate sleep patterns.

“Just go to bed 15 minutes earlier. Have it quiet, comfortable, dark,” Baron said.

“You know, free from distraction, and to have a media free zone.”

Baron also added to try not to sleep in too much over the weekend.

Another tip Baron gave to help with the tiredness and adjust to the time change is to take a nap. She said people should aim to keep those naps under 30 minutes.

Lastly, make sure to get more sunlight and walk around to help ease the tiredness.

Related:

What is Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight saving time happens this Sunday, time to spring forward

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How to get through the day: daylight savings