Don't Lose Sleep Over Daylight Savings Time
According to Phyllis Zee, MD, PhD, director of Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Center and the associate director of the Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, many people mistakenly assume that the only consequence of sleep deprivation is a feeling of drowsiness. Other consequences can include difficulty focusing, irritability and more seriously, drowsy driving.
If you have difficulty sleeping, Zee recommends talking with your doctor. Trouble sleeping can be a sign of a sleep, medical or psychiatric disorder that with proper treatment can improve.
The number of hours needed for sleep depends on individual factors and can range from seven to nine hours. Many Americans’ standard work schedules now average nine to 10 hours, and the day’s challenges and stresses may make falling asleep quickly difficult. “The 24-7 culture that we all live in makes it difficult to transition from waking to sleeping hours, since cell phones, e-mail and computers are always at our fingertips,” said Zee.