Adjusting your sleep to the time change

6:03 AM, Mar 13, 2011   |    comments
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(WZZM) - Many feel that moving our clocks forward one hour symbolizes the unofficial right of passage into spring.

While the days get longer, research shows losing that hour of sleep has strange effects.

A 2008 study in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that heart attacks rise the days after the spring time change due to disturbed sleep patterns.

Another study done by Live-Science shows that even our pets may feel sluggish.

The same study added that traffic accidents increase the days after we turn the clocks ahead because we're extra groggy.

So, what's the best way to adjust quickly to losing that all important hour of sleep?

"Make sure you go to bed and wake up at the exact same times every night and every morning," said Dr. Joseph Krainin, a sleep specialist for Saint Mary's Healthcare in Grand Rapids.  "Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark and quiet, very dark, pitch black would be the ideal situation."

Doctor Krainin adds if you stick to your same sleep pattern you'll make up for the lost hour over a span of a few days.

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