National Napping Day. How do you need to sleep to recover from day light savings?

National Napping Day. How do you need to sleep to recover from day light savings?
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Feeling a little sluggish today? You’re not alone. When the clocks moved forward an hour on Sunday morning we all lost an hour of sleep, and many people feel the effects of the spring time change for several days.

According to research from the Better Sleep Council, nearly half of women (46%) need a week or more to feel normal after Daylight Savings. That’s compared to about one-third of men (32%).

The BSC says a short 20 minute nap during the day can prepare you for a good night.

“Short naps like these can help your body adjust to the time change and help you feel ready for sleep at your normal bedtime,” said Mary Helen Rogers, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the BSC.

She says be sure to expose yourself to lots of bright light throughout the daytime to help your body know it is time to be alert.

“When taking a nap, don’t doze off for so long that it interferes with your nighttime sleep routine. The rejuvenating benefits of sleep come in the deep, slow-wave sleep cycle that is only reached during longer periods of sleep,” said Rogers.

To learn more about napping tips, check out the BSC’s napping blog post: https://bettersleep.org/blog/napping-tips/.

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