Daylight saving time looms for U.S.

March 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Daylight saving time starts this weekend in the United States and healthcare experts urged folks not to do anything rash to make up for a lost hour of sleep.

Clocks will "spring forward" at 2 a.m. Sunday, meaning alarm clocks will feel like they are going off an hour early for folks who have to get to church or work.

Dr. Raghu Upender of the Vanderbilt Sleep Disorders Center told ABC News he recommends that people stick to their weekday sleep schedule to get used to the change more quickly.

"People tend to delay their sleep during the weekend and tend to go into Monday with less sleep," he said. "This can be exaggerated on the Monday following the change to daylight saving time."

Another suggested strategy is to resist the temptation of an extra cup of coffee to clear away the Sunday morning cobwebs.

Nutritionist Ashley Koff said a healthy breakfast will get people out of the starting gate faster than a caffeine kick start.

"Energy comes from food. It comes from nutrient balance of carbohydrate, protein and healthy fats," she told ABC News Radio. "Carbohydrates like waffles and some healthy fat and protein from peanut butter."

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