Developing a consistent routine will help in adjusting to clock changes

The arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday means more sunshine in our days, but it also means we will lose an hour of sleep, an hour that most of us will have trouble getting back.

At least 40 million Americans have a chronic sleep disorder, and 20 million more sometimes have trouble with sleep, according to the National Institutes of Health. This week is National Sleep Awareness Week.

Brandy Roane, PhD, of the Center for Sleep Medicine at UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, said adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep per night. For optimal sleep, Dr. Roane recommends consistent bedtimes and wake times seven days a week, and to avoid TVs, computers, smartphones and other sources of blue light 20 to 30 minutes before bed.

"Consistency is what’s important," she said. "The more you can get in a routine, the better your sleep will be."

Some tips to cope with Sunday’s time change:

  • As soon as you get up in the morning, turn on the lights inside or go outside.  Getting a nice dose of bright light in the morning just after waking helps your internal clock "get with the program."
  • Give yourself  a "no electronics" break before you get into bed by engaging in a bedtime routine that takes you toward your bedroom.

If you are having trouble sleeping and would like more information about the Center for Sleep Medicine, call 817-735-2337.

Recent News

Screenshot 2024 06 20 At 3.45.01 pm
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

From sacrifice to success: a journey through physical therapy school

Ancelmo Mojarro came to Fort Worth to study. The Tyler native knew he wanted to be a physical therapist early on his undergraduate days. He embarked on his path to physical therapy a decade ago, inspired by a friend's suggestion amidst his quest to find his calling in the medical field. “I starte...
Garciarosanski
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

HSC pro bono physical therapy program offers hope

For 70-year-old Beverly Rozanski, the journey to improved health has been long and challenging. Raised in Michigan, Rozanski spent her childhood and early adult years struggling with physical challenges that made even the simplest tasks seem insurmountable. However, her discovery of a pro bono p...
Mills John
  • Our People
|Jun 20, 2024

Team of HSC experts develops national position statement for NCCHC on care for aging patients in correctional facilities

Addressing an overlooked and sometimes neglected patient population, a group of experts from The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth partnered with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care to write a “Care for Aging Patients in the Correctional Setting” posit...
Jennifer Fix 2 Purple
  • Education
|Jun 18, 2024

Pharmacy technician shortage driving force behind new, online prep course

A self-paced, online Pharmacy Technician Preparation Course is now being offered through The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth as a way to help combat the shortage of pharmacy technicians at hospitals, health systems and retail pharmacies. Recognized by the Pharmacy Tech...