-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of an hour of sleep
that comes with the switch to daylight saving time overnight
Saturday can be uncomfortable if you don't take some simple steps
to prepare, experts say.
To help you adapt, Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, director of the Center
for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco,
N.Y., offers the following tips:
The bedroom should be used for sleep and sex only, Rudraraju
advised in a hospital news release.
Dr. Lewis Kass, a children's sleep specialist at Northern
Westchester Hospital, also has advice for parents who are concerned
about how the time change will affect their children's sleep
Because it stays light longer after the change to daylight
saving time, it may be harder for many children to get to sleep at
their normal time. This can result in daytime sleepiness, he
But longer daylight may play less of a role in children's sleep
problems than their use of handheld electronic devices until well
after sunset, according to Kass. Ideally, children should stop
using the devices at dusk but it might be more realistic to turn
them off by 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., he said.
"Don't read too much into what the time change means. If bedtime is 8:30 then keep it at 8:30. For a few days it may take a little longer to fall asleep or a child might feel a little sleepier in the morning, but they will adjust as long as sleep times and wake times are kept on schedule," Kass said in a hospital news release.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has more about making the
daylight saving time.
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