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Halloween and Daylight Savings, not a good combo

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It's the first time in history that daylight savings time will end the morning after Halloween. While gaining an hour this weekend is good news for late-night trick-or-treaters, doctors say time changes may spook children and those with sleeping problems.

When Halloween is over, clocks will fall back, and everyone gains an extra hour. For most, this means a scary good time.

"That is an extra hour or sleep," said Ray Martin, a Tyler resident. "Who wouldn't want to get an extra hour of sleep though?"

But, there are some who aren't looking forward to Sunday morning's fall back. Sleep doctor, R.V. Ghuge, with Trinity Mother Frances, says time changes are tricky for those with sleeping problems.

"It's harder to go to bed before your bedtime when you're not sleepy," said Ghuge. "But, for those who have problems, it can take as long as a week to get over this initial phase of going to bed earlier."

"It would usually take about a week or two to get adjusted," said Richard Dixon.

Dixon knows what's it's like to battle with sleep.

"They found that I stopped breathing during the night time," said Dixon.

In fact, he stopped breathing 28 times in one hour and was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Dr. Ghuge says there are ways to overcome sleeping problems like Richard's.

"Try to keep it low key in the evenings," said Ghuge.

This means no thrilling novels, no scary movies. On a night of trick-or-treating, Ghuge says this may be tough for those with sleeping problems and children. The best thing to do, change your sleeping pattern now.

"Basically, you just go to bed an hour earlier and set your alarm for an hour earlier tomorrow," said Ghuge. "So, tomorrow night it will be easier to go to bed an hour earlier. Then you can get up at your normal time on Sunday morning."

So, as Halloween and the time change collide, fall back and catch some Z's. The time change will officially take effect Sunday morning at 2 a.m.

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