March 10, 2018 3:26 pm
Updated: March 11, 2018 1:31 pm

Calgary sleep doctor prescribes a quiet Daylight Saving weekend

Dr. Charles Samuels from the Centre for Sleep joins Global Calgary with a few tips on how to get the rest you need after turning the clock ahead one hour for daylight saving.


Spending a quiet weekend at home may be the best way to counteract your clock rolling forward an hour due to Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, according to a Calgary-based sleep expert.

“[This] weekend is a weekend not to party and stay up late, it’s to get your sleep,” Dr. Charles Samuels said during an interview on Global News Morning.

“The Monday morning after the time change, many people are pretty tired, plus they’re waking up earlier by an hour than they normally would.”

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Samuels is a doctor at the Centre for Sleep and Human Performance, a medical sleep lab and testing facility in Calgary. He said one strategy to deal with the time change is to simply go to bed earlier, however, that may not do the trick for everyone.

“Tonight I am going to go to bed later, because it suits my clock,” Samuels said about his own sleep patterns.

“I am going to lose a little bit of sleep, but that drives some sleep pressure so in the week coming up, I’ll be able to fall asleep a little bit better earlier.”

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The yearly DST spring forward routine is a good time to review how we sleep in general, according to Samuels. He said most people are “running around with a five to ten hour sleep debt per week.”

“Sleep is the core of recovery for human beings,” Samuels said.

“People need to pay attention to their sleep and get what they need on a regular basis.”

Experts recommend teenagers and adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Samuels said developing a routine is the best way to increase the number of hours you get.

“Maintaining a routine is critically important to sleep health.”

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