Farmington Hills, MI (March 21, 2006)--- Looking forward to spring, but concerned about the hour of sleep lost when Daylight Saving Time returns? With the country’s annual “spring forward” practice that marks the return of Daylight Saving Time you may have disruptions in normal sleep.
Bert Rabinowitz, D.O., Medical Director of Bostford’s Sleep Therapy Clinic, says, “Americans are always on the move and often forget that sleep is as important as diet and exercise. With Daylight Saving Time lurking, we want to remind people that good sleep habits and adequate rest are among the keys to staying healthy and fit.” According to the National Sleep Foundation, 7 out of 10 Americans don’t get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night.
With the return of Daylight Saving Time, children and adults can experience even more sleep disruptions. It may take your child longer to fall asleep with the time change. Since we move the clock forward, he/she may not be as tired as usual at bedtime and as we move into summer, it is still light at some children’s bedtimes.
Dr. Rabinowitz offers the following tips for children to adjust to the time change:
Dr. Rabinowitz says, “Adults also experience sleep loss and schedule disruptions. To adjust adults can try to sleep more than usual a few nights prior to and immediately following the time change. You can also take a nap in the afternoon on Sunday, if you need it, but not too close to your regular bedtime.”
If you would like more information on healthy sleep practices, help is available from the caring and professional staff at the Botsford Sleep Therapy Clinic. For more information or to learn about the Botsford Sleep Therapy Clinic, call (248) 473-8411. Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead. This year Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 2.
The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the internet is www.botsford.org.
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