Navigation Links
When Clocks Change, Body May Need Time to Adjust

Sleep expert offers tips for those thrown off schedule by Daylight Saving Time

FRIDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- That extra hour of sleep you'll get in most parts of the country over the weekend might be restful, but the beginning of Daylight Saving Time could spell trouble for your body clock, a sleep expert says.

Dr. Atul Malhotra, medical director of the sleep disorders research program in the division of sleep medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, explained in a hospital news release that there are ways to prevent the time change from disrupting your sleep habits.

For most people, the time shift in the spring is more problematic because an hour is "lost" rather than "gained," but for those who are disrupted by any change in schedule, Malhotra offered these coping tips:

  • Stay away from caffeine and other stimulants, especially during the days before and after the time shift, and avoid napping for a few days because it can disrupt your sleeping at night.
  • Sleep through that extra hour if you can instead of trying to get things done.
  • Don't drive if you feel sleepy because of the time shift. Consider taking public transportation for a few days to give your body time to adjust.
  • Relax, avoid stress and remember to take your regular medications over the weekend of the time change.

For those who have trouble sleeping overall, Malhotra suggested the following:

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same times, even on weekends. No sleeping in.
  • Avoid food and drinks with caffeine after lunch, including coffee, tea, soda and chocolate.
  • Take 15 to 30 minutes to wind down before heading off to bed.
  • Keep your room dark, quiet and cool; ear plugs and eye masks can help.
  • Keep in mind that time in front of screens -- the computer or television varieties -- before bedtime can disrupt sleep.
  • Don't work or study right before bedtime, in order to allow yourself to relax.
  • Don't exercise strenuously right before bedtime.

More information

Learn more about sleep from the National Sleep Foundation.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCE: Brigham and Women's Hospital, news release, Oct. 26, 2009

Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Extra Hour to Prepare: APHA Reminds You to Check Emergency Stockpile Kits When Setting Your Clocks on Nov. 1
2. Jet Lag Upsets Brains Internal Clocks
3. Check Your Emergency Stocks When You Change Your Clocks, Says APHA
4. Turning Clocks Back Increases Risk of Drowsy Driving
5. Check Your Emergency Preparedness Kits When You Set Your Clocks, Says American Public Health Association Campaign
6. Check Your Emergency Preparedness Kits When You Set Your Clocks, Says New American Public Health Association Campaign
7. Time to Set Kids Back-to-School Sleep Clocks
8. Only Five States Have Plans to Address the Health Impact of Climate Change, New Report Finds
9. Penny Imaging Exchange, Inc. Outlines the Trend & Economics of Scanning Microfilm
10. Penny Imaging Exchange, Inc. Acquires New Technology to Capture Medical Records from Microfiche
11. Greenway Medical Technologies Interoperability Engine, PrimeExchange, Allows Physicians to Securely Share Patient Data Amongst Wide Range of Providers in Patients Care Continuum
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/28/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Pixel Film Studios is back again with ProPanel: Pulse ... are endless. Users have full control over angle of view, speed method, start point, ... sure to get heads to turn. , ProPanel: Pulse offers fully customizable pulsating shape ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... According to an article published November 15th ... are handling security in light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, other cities ... stop an attack from reaching U.S. soil. Especially around special events that may be ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... how filthy the toilets were," said an inventor from Hillside, N.J. "Many people ... improved seat cover so that individuals will always be protected from germs." , ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... MPWH, the No.1 Herpes-only dating community in the world, revealed that over 50% of ... than 3.7 billion people under the age of 50 – or 67% of the population ... global estimates of HSV-1 infection . , "The data shocks us highly!" said Michelle ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... November 27, 2015 , ... The moment you stop improving ... only fulfilling the needs of advisers and clients but going above and beyond ... top-tier customer service. However, there's always room for improvement, which is why the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the addition of the  "2016 ... the European Cell Surface Marker Testing ... Opportunities"  report to their offering.  ... the addition of the  "2016 Future ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Linden Care, LLC, a ... treatment outcomes for patients suffering from chronic pain, said ... a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining Express Scripts from ... companies. --> --> ... of its legal options. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , November 25, 2015 ... KTOV ) (TASE: KTOV), a biopharmaceutical company focused on ... of various clinical conditions, today announced the closing of ... Depository Shares ( ADSs ), each representing 20 ordinary ... to 3,158,900 ADSs. The ADSs and warrants were issued ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: