Setting your sleep schedule back on track

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- If you haven't done it already, it’s that time of year again. Time to move the clock forward for daylight saving time, and if losing that extra hour of sleep threw off your schedule this morning -- you're not alone.

If hitting the snooze button was your first reaction to your alarm clock this morning you’re in the same boat as millions of Americans. Sacred Heart Hospital Sleep Doctor Kelly Gullo says the winter we've had this year has made it tougher for you to feel well rested.

“This year since it has been so cold people aren't as active. They aren't going outside and getting the natural light exposure that they need. If you don't get that we tend to be more tired during the day,” Gullo said.

Gullo says warmer temperatures lead to more active lifestyles and that can help when it comes to getting a good night's sleep.

“What happens with a lot of people especially in the older generation is they lie around all day watching TV. Then they end up napping a lot during the day which is going to throw their whole sleep pattern off,” Gullo explained.

So when it comes to the first couple of days after day light saving time, the experts recommend giving your body some time to adjust.

“Usually the first few days of daylight saving time can affect people but we usually get used to that pretty quickly. If it’s someone who has issues the same time of year around this time then it would be recommended a few days ahead of time to go to bed 15 minutes earlier each day,” Gullo said.

When it comes to falling asleep, Gullo says put down the electronics before bedtime to give your brain time to unwind.

“The recommendation is an hour before bedtime we shut off all of the electronics and start preparing yourself for sleep so when we go to bed its easier for us to go to bed,” Gullo added.

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