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Clocks fall back for daylight saving time

Clocks fall back for daylight saving time
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SEATTLE - It's time to fall back.

Most Americans will be able to get an extra hour of sleep this weekend thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

The change officially occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, but most people will set their clocks back before heading to bed Saturday night.

Doctors say the end of daylight saving time can throw off your body clock, so a good bedtime routine is to start winding down an hour before bedtime, and put those cell phones and tablets away.

"Starting from the daylight saving time, I would go to bed at the same time, and wake up at the same time, and very importantly, even during the weekends and your days off," Doctor Harneet Walia says.

When it comes to kids, the time change means parents should be prepared to wake up early. Children will typically wake up with their natural body clock for a few weeks.

To help, doctors urge parents to let their kids spend at least 20 minutes in the sunshine each morning, to try and re-set their internal time clock.

"This should be considered a very important lifestyle change, as it is going to impact your daytime functioning, your mood, your energy levels and how you feel during the day," Doctor Walia says.

Residents of Hawaii, most of Arizona and some U.S. territories don't have to change since they do not observe daylight saving time.

Public safety officials say this is also a good time to put a new battery in the smoke alarm, no matter where you live.

Daylight saving time returns at 2 a.m. local time March 9.
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