Daylight Saving Arrives


POSTED: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 9:19pm

UPDATED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:56am

This is the weekend to set your clocks forward.

It's that time again.

This weekend marks Daylight Saving time.

That means moving your clocks one hour ahead and losing an hour of sleep.

After this brutal record-breaking winter, many can't wait to spring ahead.

For new mom Caitland Cousino, it also brings an end to those winter blues.

"I love having more daylight," she says.

Doctor's sometimes call those blues Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD.

"It affects women more than males, and it is really characterized by an increased sense of fatigue, lethargy, craving sleep, craving carbohydrates, and weight gain," says the Cleveland Clinic's Dr. Scott Bea.

Experts say just the smallest increase in daylight can improve one's mood, even if the weather is still cold and the trees bare.

For those who suffer from sleep disorders, experts say it is a good idea to plan ahead before moving ahead those clocks.

"Try to get to bed earlier. If not an hour earlier, at least a half hour earlier, and start training yourself, maybe even before it happens," Dr. Bea advises.

If you can't switch your sleep routine ahead of the time change, there is a day for you.

The unofficial holiday National Napping Day is on Monday.

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