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Sleep Tips to Prepare for Daylight-Saving Time

Date: 11.01.2011
Contact: Erica Rosenthal Phone: (330) 375-3052

Contact: Erica Rosenthal, Phone: (330) 375-3052, Email: rosenthale@summahealth.org        

AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 1, 2011Don’t forget: Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. marks the end of daylight-saving time and we gain one hour of sleep. Though some may appreciate an extra hour of sleep with the return to Standard Time, it may not be enough to eliminate any major sleep deprivation issues. Summa Health System’s sleep medicine psychologist Erin Farrer, Ph.D., offers suggestions to help transition back into Standard Time and promote better sleep habits.

“There are several easy things you can do to make the daylight-saving time change easier and help improve sleep habits in your daily life,” said Dr. Farrer. “For instance, make sure to maintain a regular bedtime on Saturday night and wake time on Sunday so you can keep up a consistent sleep schedule.”

Dr. Farrer suggests the following additional tips for adjusting to daylight-saving time:

  • Do not nap on Saturday before the time change.
  • Exercising in the form of a brisk walk may help people mentally adjust to the time change.
  • Gradually moving bedtime and the desired wake time by 15 minutes every one to two days can ease difficulty in adjusting to the time change.

Since maintaining healthy sleep habits throughout the year is important to overall health and well being, Dr. Farrer also recommends the following general tips for better sleep:

  • Maintain a regular wakeup time, including on weekends.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, heavy meals and exercising a few hours prior to going to bed.
  • Repeat relaxing activities each night before bed, such as reading or a eating a light snack.
  • Keep the bedroom dark and quiet.
  • Leave the bedroom and engage in a quiet activity if unable to fall asleep. Return to bed only when sleepy.

About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.

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