Simple Changes to Routine Can Ease Daylight Saving Time Adjustment|
KAUFMAN, Texas — This weekend, we will “spring forward” into daylight saving time. For many, daylight saving time means a disruption in their sleep pattern and an adjustment to their internal clock. The change in time is only one hour, but for our bodies, it is a huge adjustment.
“Not only can losing sleep cause physical affects, it may take days for people to recover” said Dr. Mark Sij, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that most people need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. But resetting the times we go to sleep and wake up is possible.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that people:
“Daylight saving time is a good reminder to check your sleep habits and make needed adjustments for a good night’s sleep throughout the year,” Sij said. “Simple tweaks to a person’s routine can help tremendously when it comes to getting the proper amount of sleep.”
Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. Move clocks ahead one hour at the start of daylight time. This year, daylight saving time begins on March 8 and ends on Nov. 1.
To learn more about National Sleep Awareness Week or to get more sleep tips, visit sleepfoundation.org.
About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman
Texas Health Kaufman, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, was recently recognized with the Pathway to Excellence hospital designation for distinction in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL.
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Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.