Healthy sleep habits for adjusting to daylight saving time

(NBC/WFLA) – With daylight saving approaching this weekend, the loss of one hour of sleep could be detrimental. Not only will work performance suffer from sleepy mistakes, but health will also decline.

A new survey from Accountemps shows nearly 75 percent of employees yawn their way through the day, often blaming big mistakes on sleep deprivation.

Sleep experts like Dr. Jasphal Singh of Carolinas Healthcare system in Charlotte, North Carolina say that when the body doesn’t get enough sleep, the immune system starts to suffer.

“Sleep deprivation, long term over the course of one’s life, can really affect their risk of heart disease, stroke risk, diabetes development,” said Singh.

The National Sleep Foundation celebrated its annual Sleep Awareness Week this past week to raise awareness for prioritizing sleep in order to improve health and well-being.

Sleep needs vary from person to person and change as people age:
• Infants 3–11 months: 14–15 hours;
• Toddlers 1–3 years: 12–14 hours;
• Pre-schoolers 3–5 years: 11–13 hours;
• School-aged 5–10 years: 10–11 hours;
• Teens 10–17: 8.5–9.5 hours; and
• Adults: 7–9 hours.

Some suggestions to achieving healthy sleep include:
• Following a regular sleep schedule by getting up and going to sleep at the same times each day;
• Practice relaxation techniques to destress before going to bed;
• Avoid napping during the day;
• Exercise daily; and
• Evaluate your sleep environment.

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