Dr. Brett Kuhn is the director of the Behavioral Sleep Disorders Clinic at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha and says for some it takes a while for the body’s clock to readjust.
Dr. Kuhn says, “Depending on your age, your natural sleep rhythm and how sleep deprived you are it could take three or four nights or it could take two weeks to adjust. Sleep deprived adults and teenagers look forward to this time of year because if they choose to do so they can sleep that extra hour. Parents of young children hate this time of year because if your young child is waking up at 6 am currently, they are going to be knocking on your door at 5 am.”
The return of standard time also means it will get dark and hour earlier. Dr. Kuhn says that can also disrupt your sleep schedule because you want to go to bed earlier and wake up later. He says using bright lighting in the home during the evening hours creates the illusion of daylight and that can help some struggling with the lack of natural light.
Dr. Kuhn says sleep depravation is a real problem for many people. He says the biggest sign that you are not getting enough sleep is if you rely on an alarm clock to get you up in the morning.