'Spring Forward' on March 11 - Daylight Savings Time

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Ready or not, Daylight Savings Time is almost upon us. In fact, in case you haven't heard, it's three weeks earlier this year. Waking up on Sunday, March 11 may be tougher than normal for many people. That's because we'll be losing one hour of sleep as we spring forward for Daylight Savings Time.

While most people will feel fine and adjust quickly to the time change, research suggests that it can affect the body's natural rhythm when it comes time to "spring forward."

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"The time change is not a major problem for most individuals. The change can be lessened if one chooses to wake 10 to 15 minutes earlier on successive days leading up to the change. Otherwise, most people will adjust after one or two good nights sleep," says Gary Trock, M.D., neurologist and sleep specialist with Beaumont Hospital's, Sleep Evaluation Services in Berkley.

Sleep is key to biological clock health and maintenance. According to Dr. Trock, it is often overlooked. As a rule, he says adults should get seven to eight hours an evening and adolescents should get nine to 10 hours of sleep.

People concerned that they have trouble getting enough quality sleep or who have trouble staying awake can call the Beaumont Sleep Evaluation Services toll-free at 1-888-717-5337 (888-71-SLEEP). For more information on Beaumont's Sleep Evaluation Services, which has locations in Berkley and Macomb, click on sleep.

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