How daylight saving time can affect your body

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Daylight saving time can affect your circadian rhythm, otherwise known as your body clock.

Although it's not as bad when it ends — since you gain an hour instead of lose it — a psychologist told KMVT some people may notice a change in their mood.

Our bodies become used to a 24-hour cycle based on the amount of daylight, and the shorter days can leave you feeling tired.

"Even though you may feel like, 'Oh, I have this extra hour of sleep,' stay in the same routine, " said Christopher Edwards, a psychologist with St. Luke's. "Go to bed at the same time, get up at the same time in the morning, eat at the same time, and that will kind of help your body adjust to it. Usually after a few days or so, you will adjust back normally again."

If you are sensitive to time changes, Edwards also discourages drinking or eating before bed.

"If you're a person who has to get up in the middle of the night or you have to get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, what they found — some interesting studies — is if we turn on the light in the room or in our bathroom, that actually gets our body and our brain up and awake, and it's harder to go to sleep as opposed if you have a night light that's enough to guide you to the toilet and come back again," he explained. "That doesn't get our brain activated and going again so its easier for us to go back to sleep again."



 
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