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Losing an hour when daylight saving time kicks in early Sun­day could add to a sleep deficit most people already have, which could add to health consequences. Plan­ning ahead, starting tonight, can help ease the transition, an Augusta sleep expert said.

“Everyone is sleep-deprived to begin with,” said Dr. Carmel Joseph, a board-certified sleep specialist. “So when you don’t prepare for the time change, you lose an hour and you end up being even more sleep-deprived.”

Not getting enough sleep has been shown to have serious long-term consequences for the cardiovascular system and tends to contribute to weight gain.

For example, two key hormones involved in weight maintenance are affected. Levels of an appetite-inducing hormone are higher in sleep-deprived patients, while levels of an appetite-suppressing hormone are lower, Joseph said.

To help avoid piling up a sleep deficit, try to avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol in the evening, Joseph said.

“A lot of people think alcohol helps them, but actually it worsens your quality of sleep,” he said.
Avoid the computer, TV and personal electronic devices about an hour before bedtime, Joseph said.

“That stimulation, the light from those things actually keep the brain more alert, and you cannot wind down after that,” he said.

Some suggest a warm shower an hour before bedtime, Joseph said.

Then there is simply going to bed a little earlier. Tonight, try going to bed a half-hour earlier, and then a half-hour earlier again Sunday, Joseph said.

“By Monday, when they go back to work, they are into the rhythm already,” he said.

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Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/09/13 - 09:14 pm
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2,809,797 POINTS (PLUS 1 at 2:00 A.M.)

Much ado about nothing. Bottom story of the day. Fly to Asia sometime and experience the 12-hour time difference zombie jet lag.

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nocnoc 03/09/13 - 10:13 am
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Dixieman -

finally got around to interpreting your avatar's sign...
Given the picture and the translation.

I guess you have pulled the Wool over our eyes?

Chigger Hill Man
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Chigger Hill Man 03/09/13 - 11:19 am
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Me thinks this is a crock.

Wow, you would think nobody ever had to get up an hour early before. I have gotten up early to go fishing or hunting or other reasons a thousand times. Set your clocks ahead about eight o'clock and by bedtime it will seem normal.

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Riverman1 03/09/13 - 12:12 pm
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Hahaha...these were my

Hahaha...these were my thoughts, too. No offense to Tom Corwin, but If I have to have help setting my clock and waking up an hour earlier, I'm in bad shape.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/09/13 - 09:12 pm
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NEED MORE POINTS!

NOCNOC - I just did a search for "southern man" when I first came on here and this is what popped up on Google images. It just tickled my fancy...I know the Danish inscription on the sign is weird, but then so is my life. Enjoy

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Darby 03/09/13 - 10:42 pm
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This article alone is enough to put you...

to sleep. Must have been a really slow news cycle.

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