How Can I Avoid Utter Exhaustion After Daylight Savings?

With clocks springing forward on Sunday, March 11th—which means you lose an hour of sleep—we ask a top sleep doc for his best sweet-dreams advice.

“The most important thing is to make sure you don’t go into [daylight saving time] sleep-deprived. How you feel today is not just a function of how well you slept last night, but of the amount of sleep you’ve had over a period of time. You want to avoid sleep interruptions, like noise, light, and caffeine or exercise before bed. If you’re lying in bed unable to sleep, get up and do something until you feel sleepy. The worst thing to do is lie in bed awake. You’ll just worry about not sleeping.”

Allan Pack, a sleep specialist at Penn

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