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Dr. Chrisman-Khawam Talks Time Change on WKYC

Monday, March 10, 2014 - Dr. Chrisman-Khawam Talks Time Change on WKYC

Struggling to catch up on sleep in the wake of Sunday's time change?

Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam took to WKYC on Sunday to answer your most pressing questions on how to properly adjust to the change.

How much of a difference does it make?
Just a little. It's like being on a jet flight and changing time zones. It unfortunately only adds to the lack of sleep most Americans suffer from. 

How do I catch up?
Try to go to bed 15-20 minutes earlier than you normally would over the next few weeks. But don't overdo it.

"You don't want to sleep long because that can throw you off," Dr. Chrisman-Khawam told WKYC.


What if I can't fall asleep early?
A small dose of melatonin can be helpful. Also, try winding down in the evenings and disconnecting from devices so you can get into a nice, relaxed state.

"You really need to start to unplug," Dr. Chrisman-Khawam told WKYC.


Will the added daylight help?
Yes, getting UV light is critical, and perhaps next winter, you should consider using a UV light. It can help ward off depression in the winter. If you can get outside early in the morning and get some daylight, that will only help.

For more great tips, check out Dr. Chrisman-Khawam's full segment on WKYC. 

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