JEFFERSON CITY — Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m. In this week's Family First, KRCG 13 spoke with SSM Health Psychologist Dr. Laurel Kramer about the time change.
Dr. Kramer said even though "falling back" an hour is only a small incremental difference, the time change can affect many people physically and mentally. "We think it's just an hour, so we think 'Oh, I'll just sleep in an hour,' which we do get to do in the fall," she said. "But it can take up to one or two weeks for our minds and our bodies to adjust to this very small one-hour change."
Dr. Kramer said human beings are creatures of habit and consistency, so changes to our normal routine can leave us feeling a little... off. "We may be more irritable with our family members, we may be more short tempered with our children, and even less patient with ourselves," she said.
She said that is why it's important to cut your loved ones and yourself some slack this weekend. "Try to focus first on being patient. Personally, I'm going to focus on not being upset if I don't get as much done as I thought I was going to get done in the day time, with my house tasks or my work tasks," she said. "I'm going to give myself and those around me - my coworkers, my family members, my children, and my spouse - a little more leeway."
Dr. Kramer said most people will start to adjust by Wednesday or Thursday. But for some, especially those who struggle with mood disorders like depression or anxiety, it can take up to two weeks to feel "back to normal."