‘Fall back’ to Standard Time begins November 7

Eau Claire, Wis. – As Sunday, November 7 approaches, it’s important to begin preparing yourself and kids for the return to Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November, which means most of the country will turn clocks back one hour. 

Adults should get between seven and eight hours of sleep each night, however The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in three adults don’t get that much sleep on a regular basis, which negatively affects cognitive performance and physical health.

Kelly Schmidt, facilitator for the fully accredited sleep disorders center at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital, says you should wake up and go to bed 10-15 minutes later the week before DST ends to prepare yourself for the time change. This allows your body and brain to adjust slowly rather than in just one night. It’s also important to stay in a routine when it comes to bedtime and wake time because routine is what helps the brain prepare for sleep. 

Schmidt also says light is a big environmental factor in your quality of sleep. 

“In the winter we lose daylight so it’s darker earlier which makes our bodies tired earlier,” she says. “Expose yourself to more light during the daytime hours to make the adjustment a little easier on your internal clock.” 

Other tips to achieve quality sleep include:

  • Limit the use of electronics one hour prior to bed to prepare your body and brain for sleep
  • Do not go to bed hungry; eat a light, healthy snack at least 30 minutes before bed if necessary
  • Keep the bedroom temperature cooler than the rest of the house, if possible
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and exercise close to bedtime

Most of the United States will “spring ahead” again when Daylight Saving Time begins the second Sunday in March 2022.

If you have concerns about sleep patterns, or difficulties falling or staying asleep, contact the HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Sleep Disorders Center or call 715-717-4933.

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels. 

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality, Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states - Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries,  and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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Communications Department
HSHS Wisconsin
Office: (715) 717-4591
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Karen.Kraus@hshs.org

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