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From the article: "Anyone who has struggled with sleep problems knows that they can lead to more than just a little fatigue — they can damage your health and affect your entire life.
"This is one of those weekends we should really relish," said HuffPost blogger Russell Rosenberg, Ph.D., CEO of the Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and chairman of the board of the National Sleep Foundation. "The fact that Americans are so sleep deprived, it's a nice reprieve from the busy lifestyles that we all lead."
Rosenberg said this is the "good news story" of daylight saving time -- the welcome counterpart to the hour of sleep we lose at the beginning of spring, which can take up to a week to adjust to and send those who are already sleep deprived over the threshold of "crashing and burning. In fact, some studies have found a link between the spring-forward clock change and an increase in accidents and heart attacks.
On the other hand, some of those same studies often suggest the opposite effect in the fall -- a New England Journal of Medicine report found that heart attack rates decrease the Monday after the end of daylight saving time, Harvard Health Blog reports, while a Canadian study found a decrease in car accidents after the fall change, though Harvard Health Blog does point out that another study found an increase in accidents after both changes.
These time changes play out in our body a bit like jet lag might, explained Michael Decker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The good news: the adjustment period only lasts around one day, so you should be ready to go for the work week- no blaming Monday sleepiness on the time change!
The bad news: you will also experience less exposure to one of the body’s most important internal regulators- natural light.
Shorter days means longer nights and less exposure to sunlight, and natural light plays an important role in the healthy sleep process. Most know that light signals to the brain it is time to wake up. But, light also helps regulate the body’s internal sleep/wake cycle. To help keep the body on track, “take a few moments to step outside and expose yourself to the early morning sunlight,” said Dr. Rosenberg, “The sunlight at dawn tends to suppress melatonin, so by getting out each morning and walking around, you can combat your sleepiness.”
A few more tips for healthy sleep on the new time shift:
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Several years ago a mother, father and their 17-year-old son came to our sleep clinic to discuss the son's "sleeping problem.
A senior in high school, the teenager had missed about 50 percent of
His father was less concerned.
Using alcohol to get to sleep is by no means a new concept. Despite advances in sleep medicine, many people with trouble initiating or maintaining sleep self-medicate with alcohol and accept the consequences of fitful or unfulfilling sleep. In fact, it was not that long ago that physicians recommended "night caps" for insomniacs or others experiencing sleep problems. Using alcohol for sleep is a bad idea because it can affect sleep stages, lighten sleep and cause abrupt awakenings. Chronic use of alcohol may lead to needing higher and higher doses to achieve the same sleep-inducing effect.
In case you missed Dr. Rosenberg's first blog over at the Huffington Post, check out an excerpt below on sleeping well when travelling.
Russell Rosenberg" target="_blank">Russell Rosenberg, PhD has been elected chairman of the National Sleep Foundation (NSF)" target="_blank">National Sleep Foundation (NSF) for a two-year term starting July 1.
As chairman, Dr. Rosenberg will lead the National Sleep Foundation’s board of directors, comprised of physicians, scientists, and business