Daylight Saving Time Affects Sleep Habits

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Losing just one hour of sleep can negatively impact health according to OhioHealth Sleep Services

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Losing just one hour of sleep affects people more greatly than they might think.

Still feeling groggy from losing that hour of sleep last Sunday? Experts from OhioHealth Sleep Services say that it can take up to a week to fully adjust to daylight saving time.

Studies have shown an increase in traffic accidents and heart attacks the Monday after daylight saving time. While those are extreme cases, many people will feel groggy and moody all week. Adults aren’t the only ones who struggle with readjusting their sleep schedules; children are also affected. A tired child may suffer from medical, developmental or behavioral problems.

“Losing just one hour of sleep affects people more greatly than they might think,” said Dr. Susan Borchers. “It’s important not to ignore the risks associated with troubled sleeping. Sleep is essential to our overall health and well-being.”

Here are some tips on how to adjust to daylight saving time:

  •     Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day
  •     Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening
  •     Keep electronics out of the bedroom
  •     Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night

If the above tips aren’t effective, it may be time to see a sleep specialist. Sleep disorders are becoming increasingly common, and their symptoms may not improve without treatment. OhioHealth has 11 convenient locations throughout Central Ohio with Board Certified Sleep Physicians at all locations.

To learn more about OhioHealth Sleep Services, visit http://www.getsleepsmart.com.

About OhioHealth Sleep Services
OhioHealth Sleep Services provide a safe, compassionate environment where sleep disorders are diagnosed and effective treatment recommended. The Sleep Services network runs 11 centers across the greater Columbus, Ohio region. The OhioHealth Sleep Services network is affiliated to OhioHealth, a not-for-profit network of hospitals that has been serving patients since 1891. Visit OhioHealth Sleep Services on Facebook and Twitter at https://www.facebook.com/GetSleepSmart and https://twitter.com/getsleepsmart.

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