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

2012-11-06

Queen’s University sleep disorder researcher and psychologist Judith Davidson is available to talk about the impact of the end of Daylight Saving Time – which happens at 2 a.m. on Sunday when people turn their clocks back one hour – on people with insomnia.

Dr. Davidson, the author of Sink into Sleep. A Step-by-Step Workbook for Reversing Insomnia, notes that while most people are happy to gain an extra hour of sleep, the time change can be stressful for people with sleeping problems.

“The spring and fall times changes are a frequent concern that I hear a lot from people in sleep 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.”

Dr. Davidson is only available for phone interviews.

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

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