Studies find increase in heart attacks and workplace injuries; Loyola sleep expert offers tips for coping with time change
MAYWOOD, Il. -- Daylight Saving Time can be hazardous for your health.
On average, people go to work or school on the first Monday of Daylight Savings after sleeping 40 fewer minutes than normal. And recent studies have found there's a higher risk of heart attacks and workplace injuries on the first Monday of Daylight Saving.
"Many people already are chronically sleep-deprived, and Daylight Saving Time can make them even more tired for a few days," said Dr. Nidhi Undevia, medical director of the Sleep Program at Loyola University Health System.
Undevia offers these tips for coping with Daylight Saving Time:
-- In the days before the time change, go to bed and wake up 10 or 15 minutes earlier each day.
-- Don't nap on the Saturday before the time change.
-- To help reset your internal body clock, expose yourself to sunlight in the morning as early as you can.
Loyola offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary program to help identify and treat sleep disorders. The sleep laboratory and sleep clinic diagnose and treat a full range of sleep disorders, including insomnia, sleep walking, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorders, restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorders.
Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children’s Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.