When Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Nov. 3 and clocks fall back one hour, many people will embrace the extra hour of sleep. But for some people, the change in his or her sleep cycle can actually trigger sleep troubles, says Mariners Hospital in Tavernier.
One of three Americans have a sleep disorder that causes problems in falling asleep, sleeping through the night or staying awake during the day, hospital staff says. That lack of sleep can make people grumpy and foggy. It can also negatively impact memory, mood, judgment, appearance and health.
Lack of sleep may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities such as work and school performance.
According to Faye Sturges, manager of the Mariners' Sleep Lab, a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, can greatly affect quality of life and lead to health conditions like diabetes, obesity, heart attack and stroke.
"Many people are not aware of how debilitating the lack of sleep can be," Sturges said. "Good sleep promotes good health. When you sleep well, you're motivated to exercise, eat healthier and do the things you love to do."
Although the amount of necessary sleep varies from person to person, experts agree that most people need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Studies show that an increased risk for disease begins when people get less than six or seven hours of deep sleep.
Following good sleep hygiene not only can ease the transition when the clocks change; it is essential to getting deep, restorative sleep you can count on, night after night. The most important sleep hygiene measure is to maintain a regular sleep and wake pattern seven days a week. Sturges and other sleep experts also recommend the following good sleep hygiene practices:
If you are experiencing excessive snoring or daytime sleepiness or you stop breathing during your sleep, contact your healthcare professional for a sleep disorder screening.
Mariners' Sleep Diagnostic Services can help physicians diagnose and treat a variety of sleep problems, including sleep apnea, insomnia, periodic leg movement syndrome and narcolepsy.
A sleep disorder test is performed as you sleep in a quiet, private and comfortable environment. The overnight sleep study or polysomnogram measures brain waves, heartbeat, eye movements, muscle tension, leg movements, respiratory effort, airflow and blood oxygen levels. The test results help doctors determine diagnose your specific sleep disorder and the best treatment for you.
"Resolving a sleep problem is a life-changing experience for many patients," Sturges said.
To find out more, call 434-1020.
This was provided by Mariners Hospital.