Lisa Liberatore, MD FACS on Spring Allergies via CBS
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Spring is less than two weeks away, but temperatures are already spring like, and this weekend we will spring forward by turning our clocks ahead one hour.
As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, experts say the change of season makes some people sick, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
With longer days, warmer temperatures, and budding plants spring is the season that some people wait all year for.
Totum Health Founder, Lisa A. Liberatore, MD discusses the big consequence the small loss of sleep may have and how you can take action to prevent it!
Next Sunday March 13 is Spring Daylight Savings Time. We put our clocks one hour ahead at 2:00 AM on the second Sunday in March. Introduced in 1918, as an effort to conserve energy and to give us more sunlit hours when the weather is warmest. This one hour shift in our sleep patterns doesn’t sound like a lot but it does pose some health risks due to added stress of not having enough sleep and traffics accidents from driving while tired. Children may be more cranky as well and school performance may be affected in the short term.
You can take steps to lessen the affects of loss of one hour of sleep.
- Start going to bed a little earlier the Friday before DSL , March 11.
- Start your morning with breakfast right away to help the body adjust to the new time.
- Expose your body to the sunlight early in the am to reset your internal clock.
- Set your clock to wake up a little earlier the few days before DSL; to get you in the mood to sleep earlier pay special attention to your sleep routine.
- Take a warm bath or shower one hour before your desired sleep time.
- Stop caffeinated beverages after your AM coffee.
- Avoid alcohol and heavy meals within the 3 hours prior to sleep.
- Exercise earlier in the day to encourage sleepiness at night.
Remember we will be enjoying another hour of sunlight which makes our after work hours more pleasurable!