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Get a Jump on Daylight Saving Time

Loyola Sleep Expert Offers Tips for Coping with Sunday’s Time Change

MAYWOOD, Ill.  -  Many people will go to work on less sleep than normal Monday because they will have trouble adjusting to Daylight Saving Time.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, clocks will jump ahead one hour, robbing us of an hour of sleep. So Loyola University Medical Center sleep specialist Dr. Sunita Kumar recommends that in the days leading up to the schedule change that people start adjusting by going to bed and getting up a few minutes earlier each day.

Other tips Kumar offers:

  • 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. This will help advance your circadian rhythm.
  • Eat dinner earlier, back up your nighttime routine and dim the lights in the evening.
  • Try to get your children to bed earlier, too. "I know I need to do this for my kids," she said.

Kumar is medical director of Loyola’s Sleep Program and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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 is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that 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 255-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.

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