Thursday, March 7, 2013

Get a Jump on Daylight Saving Time

Loyola Sleep Expert Offers Tips for Coping with Sunday’s Time Change

MAYWOOD, Ill.  -  Many people will go to work on less sleep than normal Monday because they will have trouble adjusting to Daylight Saving Time.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, clocks will jump ahead one hour, robbing us of an hour of sleep. So Loyola University Medical Center sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar recommends that in the days leading up to the schedule change that people start adjusting by going to bed and getting up a few minutes earlier each day.

Other tips Kumar offers:

  • Don't nap on the Saturday before the time change.
  • To help reset your internal body clock, expose yourself to sunlight in the morning as early as you can. This will help advance your circadian rhythm.
  • Eat dinner earlier, back up your nighttime routine and dim the lights in the evening.
  • Try to get your children to bed earlier, too. "I know I need to do this for my kids," she said.

Kumar is medical director of Loyola’s Sleep Program and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.