Tips from Texas Health Cleburne for Adjusting to Daylight Savings Switch
11/04/2010

CLEBURNE, Texas — It’s getting darker earlier, the football season is well underway, and temperatures are finally beginning to cool which means it’s time for another fall rite of passage. That’s right, it’s time to fall back and change the clocks.

An hour’s sleep doesn’t seem like much to gain. But over time, its effects 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.

“It’s important that people don’t blow off the symptoms of lack of sleep,” 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 Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7, and the clocks “fall” back 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, takes place the week before Daylight Savings Time has these recommendations:

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.

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 care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. 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.