SUNDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- Planning ahead and following a few simple steps can help you minimize the impact of lost sleep when the clocks go ahead one hour on March 9, says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The academy offers the following tips to cope with the return to Daylight Saving Time (DST):
"The conversion to DST, with its forced loss of one hour of sleep and a change in sleep schedule, can sometimes result in complaints of disrupted daytime functioning," Dr. Ron Kramer, medical director of the Colorado Sleep Disorders Center, said in a prepared statement. "This problem, surprisingly, can last as long as one to two weeks in some people, especially in the 'night-owl' type of person."
But he added that the change can be a good opportunity to examine your sleep patterns and behaviors.
The National Sleep Foundation has more about sleep.
SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, February 2008