Time change could bring on better sleep pattern routine

SEATTLE -- Could the end of Daylight Saving Time be the beginning of better sleep for you?

You can turn the extra hour of sleep we will get Saturday night into a bedtime routine that can have a big impact and last a lifetime, said Dr. Harneet Walia.

"This should be considered a very important lifestyle change as it is going to impact your daytime functioning, your mood, your energy levels and how you feel during the day," said Walia.

The time change presents each of us with a good chance to dial our bedtime back an hour, or make some additional changes to get a better night's sleep.

A good bedtime routine starts about an hour before the time you'd like to be asleep, because you need to start winding down before your head hits the pillow.

Keep things like tablets and cell phones out of the bedroom, and a TV can keep you up at night, so consider removing it from your bedroom. Cutting down on caffeinated beverages about four hours before bedtime, is also recommended, said Walia.

The most critical part of any good bedtime routine is consistency. "Starting from the Daylight Saving Time, I would go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time, and very importantly, even during the weekends and your days off," said Walia. "Make a commitment to getting more sleep in order for your routine, to become routine."

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