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Daylight Saving Time is tough for insomniacs: Queen's University expert

2013-03-11

Queen’s University sleep disorder researcher Judith Davidson is available to talk about the impact of Daylight Saving Time – which starts at 2 am on March 10 when people turn their clocks ahead one hour – on people with insomnia.

Dr. Davidson, who teaches in the Queen’s psychology department and is the author of Sink Into Sleep: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Insomnia, notes that while most people are not happy to lose an hour of sleep, the time change can be especially stressful for people with sleeping problems.

“The spring and fall times changes are a frequent concern that I hear a lot from people in therapy groups,” says Dr. Davidson. “People with insomnia, their sleep gets quite a bit worse for quite a while after a time change. Any time change – whether people are flying to another time zone or the fall or the spring change – tends to be problematic. Some people will be more sensitive to one change than the other, but if you have insomnia it’s always going to make things harder.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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