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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 this link.

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