Video Update: Clocks "Fall Back" This Weekend

By: Jodi Baker Email
By: Jodi Baker Email

It will be time to turn the clocks back an hour Saturday night. The return to standard time comes as days are getting shorter.

Gaining an hour of sleep isn't a big comfort to pharmacology student Alyssa Williams. "I don't like how it gets darker a lot earlier. It just feels like I don't have enough time to get things done."

It helps to take steps to improve upon energy levels early in the day said Dr. Jeffrey Gartrell, of Methodist's Regency Family Practice. "Get some light in the morning." Since opening the curtains won't help this time of year, he said turn lamps and lights on.

Getting a good night's sleep, of course, is just as important. He suggests pushing bedtime ahead just a few minutes each night leading up to the weekend, to get on track come Monday morning. "I think things like avoiding late night trips to the gym... avoid a TV in the bedroom." It's also best to avoid artificial light that comes from laptops, computers, video games and smart phones right before bed.

"It takes me a like a good month, probably, to adjust," said Olivia Manzitto of Omaha.

Dr. Gartrell said everyone is different. However, he said, if people feel like they're dragging well beyond the time change, it would be a good idea to see their physician. Seasonal affective disorder starts to kick in this time of year, causing depression, as the days get shorter. That will be the case over the next seven weeks.

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