Prepare to lose one hour sleep when clocks spring forward on March 12, 2017
The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center recognizes the importance of public education and awareness when it comes to the time change and proper sleep. Clocks spring forward one hour on March 12 eliminating 60 minutes of rest for the average person.
“Sleep disorders are numerous and common, with more than 1 in 3 Americans suffering from some form of sleep associated disorders. Moreover, these disorders can result in debilitating physical and psychological consequences,” says Dr. Samer El Zarif, of Orange Regional Medical Group, who is Board-certified in Sleep Medicine.
“Sleep disorders, are often associated with multiple medical conditions, including diabetes, hypertension and multiple cardiac diseases. Therefore diagnosing and treating underlying sleep disorder early on, can lead to better health with improved quality of life.”
The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips to get a good night’s sleep:
- Establish a regular bed and wake time
- Avoid nicotine and caffeine close to bedtime
- Set up a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable