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Spring Forward: Director of Sleep Offers Tips on How to Adjust to Daylight Savings

March 8th, 2019

When it comes to sleep, it’s important to be consistent. But how can you do that when every six months you have to adjust to a new sleep schedule?

If you think one hour of sleep doesn’t matter, ponder this:

  • The Monday after daylight savings starts there’s a 24% increase in heart attacks
  • The Tuesday after daylight saving ends there’s a 21% decrease in heart attacks 

Director of Center for Sleep Medicine at Mercy Medical Center Chrisoula Politis, MD offers three tips on how to manage the impending change with ease. 

  • Stick to your regular schedule. Wake up at your usual time. For example, if you awaken at 7 am most days, do the same on Sunday (clock will read 6am).

  • Avoid screen time prior to bed. The light emitted from electronics (cell phones, iPads and laptops) inhibits melatonin and delays sleep.

  • Avoid naps. Although a mid-day snooze may be tempting, daytime naps interfere with the body's sleep-wake cycle and make it more difficult to fall asleep at night.

If you believe you are suffering from a sleep disorder, Mercy's Center for Sleep Medicine offers the latest technology in a comfortable, contemporary setting. Expert, board certified sleep physicians will diagnose and treat sleep disorders, with certified technologists monitoring patients’ sleep cycle during overnight sleep study tests in a hotel-like environment.

Sleep disorders can include conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome and abnormal behaviors occurring during sleep.

For more info, call 516-626-3729 or visit https://mercymedicalcenter.chsli.org/center-sleep-medicine. 

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