Time Change’s Effect on Insomnia Patients

ThinkstockPhotos-497201581For most, an extra hour of sleep because of the change to Standard Time is a blessing. But according to KYW’s Suzanne Monaghan, if you’re one of the millions of people who have trouble sleeping, the extra hour of sleep is more of a curse than a blessing.

Dr. Karl Doghramji, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital said “It’s critical for those with insomnia to keep their normal bed time and wake up time regardless of the clock change.”

To help with the time change, Dr. Doghramji suggests increasing your exposure to sunlight in the morning, avoiding long naps, limiting your caffeine and alcohol intake and refrain from eating three to four hours before bed.

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