Adjusting sleep patterns to time change should be done slowly

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Daylight saving time means sleeping and waking up can get a little more difficult for some people.

Erasto Cortes, medical director at Del Sol Sleep Disorder Center, says Americans need to address sleep problems as soon as they notice a change.

He also says falling back is easier on our bodies than springing forward.

People try to adapt and compensate for lost sleep, but it doesn't always happen.

Cortez says it usually takes about a week for his patients to adapt to the new schedule.

If you work overnights or early mornings, it affects you in a different way because of your particular sleep period.

Cortez says it's imperative to get a handle of the sleep schedules, because lack of sleep is a problem nationally.

“National Sleep Foundation calculates that around 50% of Americans of all ages don't get enough sleep,” Cortes continues, “People that sleep 10 hours are healthier and are more productive in work and in school”.

He recommends 7 to 9 hours for a good night's rest.

Experts say the fall back time change may be a little easier on adults, especially falling back an hour.

However, it could impact your children differently.

A sleep expert CBS4 talked with says the time change may have little to no effect on infants because they have their own sleep pattern.

But, the time change can be rough on school-age children and teens.

Cortes says having your kids go to sleep an hour before bedtime may not help.

This is because we can't make ourselves sleepy.

He suggests planning ahead and try not to put the kids in bed an hour earlier.

“A simple way is try maybe 15 minutes for a few days and an extra 15 minutes for a few more days,”

Cortes says it takes most of his patients about a week to adapt to the time change.

We fall back this weekend on Sunday at 2 a.m. so don't forget to reset your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night.

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