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Tips from Spectrum Health ahead of Daylight Saving Time

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Posted at 8:15 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 11:12:52-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — All of us will be losing an hour of sleep Saturday night into Sunday as we spring our clocks ahead an hour for Daylight Saving Time.

We spoke with an expert in sleep medicine with Spectrum Health to get some tips on how to prepare and recover from the loss of sleep.

Dr. Kelly Waters says everyone should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

People who don't get adequate sleep risk having difficulty focusing or concentrating which can result in memory loss.

Dr. Waters says not getting enough sleep makes your immune system work harder and makes you more vulnerable to illness.

As for tips to prepare for losing an hour, Dr. Waters suggests making sure the room you sleep in is dark by blocking out any light.

You can also make sure the temperature is comfortable meaning not too hot or cold.

If you or someone you know struggles to sleep at night, contact Spectrum Health Sleep Medicine, 4100 Lake Drive SE, Suite 200 in Grand Rapids or call 616-391-3759.