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The Daylight Saving Time change took place on Sunday. We are now in the middle of the week. How are you adjusting?

The days immediately after the time change can have an effect in your physical and mental health. This is possibly due to added stress of having to get up one hour earlier than what you were used to during the fall and winter months. Your body will need to adjust to a new sleep schedule. The loss of sleep might make you feel fatigued and your productivity might decrease.

The providers at Lower Umpqua Hospital District encourage you to take care of your health physically and emotionally. Sleep plays a big role in keeping you healthy. Here are some tips from the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

• When possible, try to get eight hours of sleep.

• Keep consistent wake time, including during the weekend.

• Exercise earlier in the day. Don’t exercise within four hours prior to bed time.

• Avoid caffeine and alcohol too close to bed time.

• Try to relax before bed time. How does a warm bath sound?

• It is best not to nap. But if you need to sleep during the day, limit naps to 20 minutes.

• Avoid smoking, tobacco is a stimulant.

If your sleep problems persist, make sure to address your issues with your health care provider. Your provider knows your health history and can recommend solutions geared to your individual health concerns.


Umpqua Post Editor