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Spring Forward: Tools to adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

Contributed By Carrie Knoll, M.D., American Board of Pediatrics, and Sleep Medicine and Roger Darwicki, RPSGT, CPT, RST from Pomona Valley Hospital Adult and Children’s Sleep Disorders Center

On Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 2:00 a.m. clocks are turned forward 1 hour so here are some quick tips for a successful transition to daylight saving time for Adults and Children.
Preschool children are usually early birds, and are probably the first ones up in your house. They usually do not have a problem with daylight savings time. However, school age children and teens can find the earlier wake up time very difficult. Here are some things you can do to help them adjust:

You do not have to be a surgeon to have an opportunity to help a trauma victim!

When it comes to getting people to donate blood there’s a lot of emotional tag-lines that are used to get your attention, such as “A bottle of blood saved my life. Was it yours?” - “Tears of a mother cannot save her Child. But your Blood can” or my personal favorite “A few drops of your Blood can help a life to bloom” but the reality is that the majority of us do not donate unless we have a personal reason to or we do not donate simply because we do not realize the importance of donating blood.

Ever Hear People Say

Ever hear people say, "I'll sleep when I'm dead"? This may happen sooner than they think if they do not reconsider their sleeping habits. Sleep is crucial for good health. Some research suggests that people who stay up late are more prone to heart disease even if they get eight hours of sleep. In another study, women who slept five hours or less a night were 39% more likely to develop heart disease than those who got eight hours.

You are never too young to start taking care of your heart

Most people associate poor heart health with the elderly, but proper care of the heart should start at a young age. Signs of heart disease can begin to appear at childhood, especially if the child is overweight. Childhood obesity in the United States has become a problem in recent years. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, between 16% and 33% of children and teenagers are obese. As a result, there has been a sharp rise in obesity-related problems like type 2 diabetes, which is usually seen only in adults. Because obese children are more likely to be obese adults, preventing obesity in childhood may reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other obesity-related diseases.

How to Save a Life!


For years during Heart month we have talked about how we have the power to prevent heart disease and stroke by knowing the importance of eating well and exercising, managing blood pressure and cholesterol, and smoking cessation.

We also have the power to ACT in the event of an emergency.

This year, as we celebrate Heart month, we are drawing attention to our important partnership with the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Service providers in our region and what you can do in the event of a cardiovascular emergency. 

YOU play a significant role in an emergency…Be prepared!
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