Ask Stanford Med how to ‘spring forward’ without feeling fatigued
Trouble sleeping has been linked to heart problems, increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, development of Alzheimer’s disease and weight gain. Despite the health risks of not getting enough sleep, recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that more than a third of Americans are sleep deprived.
Changes to our sleep schedules, such as the upcoming daylight-saving time change on March 11, can cause difficulty falling or staying asleep and trigger sleep problems. To help you spring forward and stay on track, the Medical School’s SCOPE blog asked Professor RAFAEL PELAYO to field your questions on sleep research and ways for making sure daylight-saving time doesn’t cut into your snooze time. Pelayo has long researched and treated sleep conditions, including insomnia, sleep disruptions and sleep apnea. He sees adult and pediatric patients.
You can submit questions to Pelayo by sending an @reply message to @SUMedicine and include the hashtag #AskSUMed in your tweet. (Not a Twitter user? Then please submit your question in the comment section of the SCOPE blog post.) The blog will collect questions until 5 p.m. today, Feb. 29.