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Don’t Forget to 'Spring' Your Clocks Forward This Weekend
03/11/2011

CLEBURNE, Texas — An hour’s sleep doesn’t seem like much to lose. But over time, its affects can add up. A sleep problem lasting longer than 30 days could mean you’ve joined the ranks of millions already suffering from sleep disorders.

“A sleep deficit shouldn’t be considered merely a nuisance that makes people feel bad,” said Kevin Sullivan, cardiopulmonary manager at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “Insufficient sleep has been linked to the development and management of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control, chronic sleep problems caused by a sleep disorder or poor sleep hygiene affect an estimated 70 million Americans. When Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13, and the clocks “spring” forward one hour, many people may have trouble adjusting to a new sleep schedule.

National Sleep Awareness week, an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep, recommends individuals take these steps to adjust to the change:

Adults:

  • Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
  • Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment.
  • Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music.
  • Physical activity may help promote sleep, but not within a few hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid large meals before bedtime.

Adolescents/Young Adults:

  • Avoid caffeinated drinks after lunch.
  • Avoid bright light in the evening.
  • Avoid arousing activities around bedtime, such as heavy study, text messaging and prolonged conversations.
  • Expose yourself to bright light upon awakening in the morning.
  • While sleeping in on weekends is permissible, it should not be more than 2–3 hours past your usual wake time, to avoid disrupting your circadian rhythm governing sleepiness and wakefulness.
  • Avoid pulling an “all-nighter” to study.

For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne. Information about the hospital can also be found at Facebook.com/TexasHealthCleburne.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Cleburne.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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