How daylight saving time affects the body

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. and we're falling back an hour. However, a psychologist with St. Luke's said that doesn't necessarily mean you should have an extra hour of sleep.

Candise Ramsey, a mental health therapist with St. Luke's Behavioral Health, said although we could get an extra hour of sleep, you could still feel tired.

"Most important thing is to have the same amount of sleep regardless of the time change. Follow the same routine," she advised.

She said sleep hygiene is important.

"That your cognizant of how much you need to sleep and that you are patient with yourself. If you're an adult and have small children, you're patient with your small children, because while it's easier for you to adjust with your sleep schedule, its not for them. So, you're probably going to be getting up a little bit earlier," she said.

Ramsey continued to say that children might have a more difficult time adjusting to the time change.

"Smaller kiddos, you want to try to adjust their schedules 30 minutes before their bedtimes a few days before the actual time change," she said.

Another important change with daylight saving time is that it affects children with autism, Ramsey said.

"It’s important they have a rigid schedule. The time change can be very difficult for this group of kiddos and you want to start adjusting their time differently like in 15 minute increments," she continued. "You want to do that for a few weeks, so you’re going to have a longer stretch of time to get them actually adjusted to sleep cycles."

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