SOURCES: Saul Rothenberg, Ph.D., behavioral sleep psychologist, North Shore-LIJ Sleep Disorders Center, Great Neck, N.Y.; National Sleep Foundation
FRIDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- When the clocks slide back an hour this Sunday, some people may have trouble adjusting to the change.
Those most likely to struggle with the switch to standard time are so-called morning types, who tend to wake early in the morning and are sleepy early in the evening, experts say.
But for night owls, this weekend can be a boon.
"Every fall, when we set our clocks back, people with late sleep schedules have an opportunity to make their bedtimes one hour earlier," said Saul Rothenberg, a behavioral sleep psychologist at the North Shore-LIJ Sleep Disorders Center in Great Neck, N.Y.
"For those of you who like your usual bedtime, but have difficulty falling asleep, [standard time] will make it easier for you to fall asleep, if you stick to your usual bedtime after we set the clocks back," Rothenberg added.
The National Sleep Foundation offers some tips to help you adjust to the time change:
Rothenberg noted that the time change isn't as dramatic as some might think.
"Remember that switching to [standard time] is like flying from New York to Chicago, not usually a difficult transition for most people," he said. "The less you worry about it or think about it, the faster you will adjust."
The U.S. Institute of General Medical Sciences has more about sleep patterns.