As daylight saving time approaches on Sunday, March 10, it’s important to recognize the significant impact that even a one-hour change can have on sleep patterns and overall health, according to a polysomnographic technologist at Aspirus Health.

The adjustment period can lead to increased irritability, sluggishness, and a general feeling of being unwell, underscoring the importance of maintaining a stable sleep schedule. In early March, as we shift from standard time to daylight saving time, research has shown that people tend to lose about 40 minutes of sleep, especially on the following Monday.

There are some strategies that people can utilize to help them through the change.

“Practice good sleep hygiene,” says Rebecca Wagner, Aspirus polysomnographic technologist, in a release. “Don’t try to take naps to make up for the sleep loss, avoid rigorous activity before bed, and limit your screen time before bed.”

Individuals experiencing persistent sleep difficulties might benefit from a professional sleep study. Sleep studies at Aspirus involve monitoring vital signs, oxygen levels, and sleep patterns to diagnose and address sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, REM sleep behavior disorders, insomnia, and narcolepsy.

“Sleep is foundational to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being,” says Wagner in a release. “Insufficient sleep can lead to memory problems, increased anxiety, depression, and additional strain on bodily functions.”

Early intervention and proper care can significantly improve your quality of life, allowing you to wake up feeling rested and ready to face the day.

Consult with your healthcare provider if you have any concerns about your sleep health.

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