(BlackDoctor.org) — According to the experts, Monday morning risks can be more serious than needing to nap at your desk: researchers at Loyola University School of Medicine report that there are more workplace injuries and traffic accidents the day after we turn our clocks ahead. In addition, heart attack rates increase by as much as 10%.
The time change is hardest on those who are chronically sleep deprived: the National Sleep Foundation estimates that a large percentage of African Americans are dangerously sleepy.
While most people will adjust to the time change in a couple of days, night owls and those who habitually grab fewer than seven hours of sleep a night can take a full week to catch up.
Here are some tips to help reset your internal clock and survive the first few days after the time change:
• Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier a couple of nights before the time change.
• Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday morning you are used to getting up earlier on Monday.