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Daylight Savings Time and Losing Sleep


March 6, 2009

It's National Sleep Awareness Week, and it's also time to spring forward an hour Sunday. How can you keep alert and rested despite losing an hour of sleep?

It's Daylight Savings Time again, which means we'll be technically losing an hour of sleep.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, our work, our social life, and even our sex lives are affected by sleep or the lack of it. Sleep experts say a time change can alter a person's sleeping patterns, which could cause an interrupted sleep, even insomnia. The Foundation recommends that all Americans get at least 7-9 hours of sleep in order to stay healthy.

They suggest in the next few days to go to bed and awaken 15 minutes earlier each day to adjust to the time change. Also, take a short nap on March 8th in order to help make up for less sleep. If you still have trouble falling asleep, try using soothing music, and avoid caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol several hours before you shut your eyes. TODAY'S HEALTH WATCH.

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