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Daylight Saving Time can still affect your 'body clock'

It's possible for people to still feel the effects from Daylight Saving Time. (Source:WALB) It's possible for people to still feel the effects from Daylight Saving Time. (Source:WALB)
Try not to use your smartphone before you going to bed. (Source:WALB) Try not to use your smartphone before you going to bed. (Source:WALB)
The average adult should get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. (Source:WALB) The average adult should get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. (Source:WALB)
Dr. Christopher Mann, Phoebe Sleep Disorder Center (Source:WALB) Dr. Christopher Mann, Phoebe Sleep Disorder Center (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

If you’re feeling tired, an Albany sleep doctor said it could still be due to Daylight Saving Time.

That pesky alarm clock came an hour early this past weekend. And even though it’s been more than 96 hours since we've sprung forward, Dr. Christopher Mann the medical director for the Phoebe Sleep Disorder Center said people can still feel drowsy.

“You can have that affect for a few days after that shift to Daylight Saving Time,” Dr. Mann said.

Dr. Mann told WALB News 10 that the time change affects a person’s circadian rhythm also known as your body clock.

“You want to hit the snooze more and just drag,” Dr. Mann added.

If that sounds like you, then you may want to follow the doctor’s advice.

First, avoid using technology before bedtime.

“There are some theories that the blue light that [electronics] emit will delay your melatonin release which is an internal transmitter that helps you go to sleep,” Dr. Mann said.

If you can’t stop looking at your phone throughout the night, doctors recommend leaving it in a separate room, that way you’re not tempted to take another look.

And don’t reach for the sleeping pills.

“Things like a natural melatonin, a low dose of that, is fairly safe. But when you get into the hypnotics and the sleep medicines, they can have significant side effects,” Dr. Mann said.

If you follow the doctor’s orders, but still have problems sleeping but then you may want to seek medical help. Dr. Mann said doctors have a variety of methods that you get you back to your beauty sleep.

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