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March 8: Spring Forward

Published: March 7, 2009

Springing forward to daylight saving time can really pack a punch for some people. University of Michigan experts suggest the following options to help you cope with the lost hour of sleep:

  • Take a brief nap on Saturday, but not too close to bedtime.
  • Gradually adjust your sleep and wake schedules by going to bed and getting up 15 minutes earlier for the preceding four days. On arising, turn on the lights or open the curtains. Restrict exposure to light in the evening.
  • Talk to your doctor about a short trial of melatonin pills. Taking the supplements for a few days before and after the time change may help adjust the body’s internal clock.
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