-- Robert Preidt
FRIDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Don't forget to turn your
clock back an hour this weekend, and try some simple tips to get
more restful sleep.
The switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time officially
occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, and it moves one hour of daylight
from the evening to the morning.
"For the body, the time changes are like jet lag -- they sleep-deprive the patient at the time of the time changes," said Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus, snoring and sleep apnea specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital, in New York City. "Even an hour changes your circadian rhythm and this can give you problems for weeks."
But another expert said that people can ease into Standard Time
by starting a bit early.
"The most important thing is to try to change one of the clocks on Friday and start following that clock to eat meals, sleep and wake according to that clock. When Monday comes you will be better adjusted," said Dr. Praveen Rudraraju, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Josephson advised that people also "exercise extra heavily the
day of the time change and a few days to follow, to make sure that
your body is tired so that you will have an easier time falling
Common problems such as sinus issues, snoring or sleep apnea can
also be exacerbated by the time change, he added.
You'll likely appreciate the extra hour of sleep you'll gain
this weekend with the return to Standard Time. But experts say it
won't be enough to eliminate any major sleep debt you may have
accumulated due to a hectic lifestyle.
Chronic sleep deprivation can affect attention levels, reaction
time and mood, leading to decreased productivity at work, increased
family stress, and potential health problems, according to the
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).
The amount of sleep needed for good health and optimum daytime
performance varies by age: preschoolers need 11 to 13 hours a
night; school-age children should get 10 to 11 hours; teens must
have at least nine hours; and adults should get seven to eight
hours each night.
The AASM offers these tips for a good night's sleep:
Rudraraju also offered one more helpful tip as winter nears.
"Try to spend time outside during the daytime if weather permits,
and dim the lights in the evening, so that your body understands
that it's time to wind down," he said.
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