How Daylight Savings Time can affect your sleep

We Spring Forward this weekend

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Spring Forward is coming up this weekend.

We’ll lose one hour of sleep come Sunday after switching to Daylight Savings time.

Sarah bertini, Family Nurse Practioner, in partnership with National Sleep Awareness Week says sleep is an essential part of one’s health.

And if someone is not getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep each day, they could be subject to health issues.

“You can develop fatigue, depression, anxiety, other serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.”
“It’s important to get a good, quality nights sleep. It contributes to how we feel during the day and our overall health.”

There are tips to prepare now for the time change, so it doesn’t alter your sleep schedule.

Experts recommend going to bed about 15 minutes earlier each night this week to prepare for the adjustment.

Bertini shared ways to get your body prepped for a good nights sleep like listening to meditations and getting your daily excercise.

“There’s a lot going on in the world right now, and we’re all thinking about everything, but it’s important to just kinda quiet down and either have a way to relax. Either read a book, don’t watch TV or look at your phone because I know that the blue screen will keep you awake at night.”

For information on how to participate in a sleep study, head to the link through our website.

Reporting in Chattanooga, Bekah Birdsall, News 12 Now.

 

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