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Gradual Adjustment to Time Change Lessens Impact of Daylight Saving Time|
STEPHENVILLE, 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,” said Karen Fincannon, cardiopulmonary director at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, “but it may take days for people to recover.”
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,” Fincannon 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 saving 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 Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
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