Daylight Savings Toll on Sleep May Last for Days

Bon_Secours_Sleep_Centers_Sleep_Disorders_Treatment_Sleep_ApneaMany people prepare for daylight savings by sleeping in a little that Sunday morning or taking a short nap the afternoon after the time change.

But if you weren’t able to shore up some extra sleep this past weekend, you may be feeling a little groggy this morning and possibly for the next several days, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

In fact, research has shown that many people lose about 40 minutes of sleep the night after they set their clocks back an hour.

One remedy is to try to go to bed a little earlier than normal for the next few nights. Here are some other helpful tips from the National Sleep Foundation to help you feel more rested:

  • Stick with an exercise routine. Vigorous exercise helps people sleep the best. If light exercise is all you can do, it is better than no activity. Try walking outside.
  • Go to sleep and get up at the same time every day.
  • Use bright light to help set your “body clock.” Seeking out bright light in the morning as your day begins can help set your “body clock.” Try to avoid bright light close to bedtime.
  • Don’t use your bedroom for working on the laptop. Try to use your bedroom only for sleeping.
  • Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Listen to soothing music and take a relaxing bath.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, dark and cool to make an environment that encourages sleeping.
  • If you are unable to sleep, go to another room and do something until you feel tired.

It’s important to remember that snoring, having episodes at night where you stop and resume breathing, or always feeling sleepy during the daytime can be a sign that you have a sleep disorder.

+ Do you think you may have a sleep disorder. Take the Bon Secours SleepAware Risk Assessment.

+ Do you work at night? Learn about sleep strategies to help manage the night shift.

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