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Donna's Family Health: Easing into Daylight Saving Time

Experts say you can make adjustments now so you won't have to worry about losing an hour of sleep.
Daylight Saving Time kicks in on Sunday. Since that means clocks will "spring forward" one hour, a lot of people will feel the effects each day they wake up until they've adjusted to the change.

Losing an hour of sleep is the way many people think of it, but experts urge people not to worry so much about it.

The good thing about Daylight Saving Time is the days will get longer.

Jane Ehrman is a behavioral health specialist. She says there are ways you can ease into the transition of losing that hour.
 
"In 15-minute increments, change the time you go to sleep a little earlier. So, start about a week ahead 15 minutes. A couple of days into it, then 30 minutes. Closer to the end of the week, 45 minutes and a couple of days before the time change go to bed an hour early," she says.

Ehrman says if after trying to adjust to the time change you still feel drowsy, sneak in a 15 or 20-minute power nap before 3:00 in the afternoon.

In today's Doctor on Call, Bobby says "I'm going to have my spleen removed. I was wondering what I can expect after the surgery."

According to Dr. Oksana Melnyk from Baptist Health Family Clinic, if you have the surgery because of a ruptured spleen, further treatment usually isn't necessary. If it's to treat another disorder, additional treatment may be required, depending on your medical situation. In terms of life after your spleen, other organs in your body take over most of the function. You can live an active life without your spleen.

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