The arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday means more sunshine in our days, but it also means we will lose an hour of sleep, an hour that most of us will have trouble getting back.
At least 40 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder, and 20 million more sometimes have trouble with sleep, according to the National Institutes of Health. This week is National Sleep Awareness Week.
Brandy Roane, PhD, of the Center for Sleep Medicine at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, said adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. For optimal sleep, Dr. Roane recommends consistent bedtimes and wake times seven days a week, and to avoid TVs, computers, smartphones and other sources of blue light 20 to 30 minutes before bed.
"Consistency is what's important," she said. "The more you can get in a routine, the better your sleep will be."
Some tips to cope with Sunday's time change:
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