Tuesday, July 29, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Sound advice: Be sure to sleep well

bates column sig

By
From page A2 | February 20, 2014 |

I planned to write only about the importance of getting enough sleep but decided to also include a bit of history about Daylight Saving Time, since this time of the year is fast approaching.

It’s very important to find ways to get more sleep. Researchers tell us that lack of sleep affects not only energy level but also mental and social functioning and can also increase diabetes risk, heart disease and other health problems.

According to a Mayo Clinic health newsletter, sleep is the word used to define a biological state in which we are quiet and relatively unresponsive to external stimuli. Sleep is regular and recurring and easily reversible, unlike a coma, for example. Most people spend about one-third of their life in a state of unconsciousness. Maybe our Congress fits this category? I just couldn’t resist this one.

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9 and we set our clocks forward one hour. Many of us probably don’t remember when Daylight Saving Time began.

It was March 31, 1918. “Starting today, the sun will set at a later hour across the United States. This extension of daytime is not the result of some strange astronomical development but a daylight savings time measure that was signed by President Woodrow Wilson today,” the story read. “Clocks are being moved forward one hour today and they will not be set back to standard time until the end of October.”

The change was made to help the war effort by cutting electricity needs. Nevertheless, farmers vigorously opposed it because their workday did not coincide with the new daylight hour.

Britain’s fuel shortages in 1916 motivated Parliament to pass a “summer time” act and most European governments did the same and set clocks one hour ahead to make the most of the daylight time. British farmers protested that they would have to milk their cows in the dark and wait for an hour until the sun dried the dew to harvest the hay.

Benjamin Franklin called on the French to set their clocks ahead one hour in the spring and back one hour in the fall. Franklin is credited with having originated the lines, “Early to bed and early to rise,” first published in 1639. The French farmers opposed his daylight saving proposal, insisting that cows cannot change their habits. In those days, most people got around 10 hours of sleep each night. But, then, they didn’t have TV and video games, did they?

Today, as one researcher put it, “The yawning majority of us don’t get enough sleep.” According to National Sleep Foundation research, most adults should average around eight hours of sleep each night, because a good night’s sleep is the best way to “replenish our energy and enthusiasm for life.”

A very close family member rarely gets enough sleep but refuses to believe that frequent yawning, feeling out of sorts and nodding behind the wheel has anything to do with sleep deprivation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sleep deprivation is, indeed, a serious problem. Nodding drivers at the wheel cause thousands of crashes each year and many die in those accidents.

Researchers also cite other problems associated with lack of sleep that makes us:

  • Unable to focus during the day.
  • Tired and exhausted much of the time.
  • Irritable and short-tempered.
  • Depressed or anxious.
  • More susceptible to colds, headaches or allergies.
  • Feel vulnerable and less confident.

The Tuft University Health and Nutrition Newsletter offers some moderate modifications that may help us get a better night’s sleep:

  • Check your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as some of them contain as much caffeine as in a cup of coffee.
  • Watch the timing of meals and beverages late in the evening. Even going to bed very hungry can interfere with sleep and some doctors recommend a light snack.
  • Remove the TV from the bedroom and break the smartphone addiction.
  • Try sleeping in a cooler bedroom environment. In other words, chill out.
  • Monitor your stress level, as stress can definitely interfere with sleep.

Mayrene Bates is a trustee on the Solano County Board of Education.

Mayrene Bates

Mayrene Bates is a trustee with the Solano County Board of Education.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

 
Library teens plan summer reading party

By Glen Faison | From Page: A3

 
Weather for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By Daily Republic staff | From Page:

 
Big-rig driver strikes telephone lines in Fairfield

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A6, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Fairfield police log: July 27, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: June 27, 2014

By Glen Faison | From Page: A12

 
Caltrans makes I-80 lane change

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 4 Comments

 
Fairfield tries to end Cordelia Road detour

By Barry Eberling | From Page: A3, 15 Comments | Gallery

 
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ primed for big screen

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A7 | Gallery

.

US / World

 
Sacramento Gold Rush Days canceled due to drought

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Man charged in teen’s 9-month disappearance

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Deal to improve veterans’ health care costs $17B

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment | Gallery

Suspect dead, 2 marshals and cop wounded in NYC

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
New fears about Ebola spread after plane scare

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

In Iraq’s Mosul, radicals unleash their vision

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment

 
Fighting in Ukraine prompts residents to flee

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Witnesses: Thunderstorm hit beach without warning

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Suspect’s mom also charged in Long Beach burglary

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
City: Emails show ‘cozy’ ties of PG&E, regulator

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Pool water dumped in South Tahoe; resort fires 3

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Additional charge filed in California wildfire

By The Associated Press | From Page:

California governor takes dig at Texas guard plan

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments | Gallery

 
.

Opinion

Editorial cartoons for July 29, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page:

 
 
.

Living

Horoscopes for July 29, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B5

 
Today in History for July 29, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

I don’t want to have intimate contact since learning I had a STD

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page:

 
Community Calendar: July 29, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

.

Entertainment

Kevin Bacon brings his ‘Six Degrees’ to Comic-Con

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Sarah Palin launches online subscription channel

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7, 1 Comment | Gallery

‘Sharknado’ sequel has bite and lots of laughs

By Frazier Moore | From Page: A7 | Gallery

 
TVGrid July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Giants lose 5th straight, 5-0 to Pirates

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
 
Lakers finally confirm Byron Scott is new coach

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Raiders relying on healthy Watson to solidify line

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
This date in sports history for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Quarterback Johnny Manziel’s day at Browns camp

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Judge OKs record-setting $2B sale of Clippers

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Humphrey to savor Hall of Fame day with ‘wingman’

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Rays’ Archer: ‘Never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat’

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Reed HOF induction gives Bills cause to celebrate

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

In the Pits: Gordon eyeing 5th title after big Brickyard win

By Jenna Fryer | From Page: | Gallery

 
Marketing agreement an obstacle in US bid for 2024

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Sailors to navigate dirty water in 1st Rio test

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Manningham back with Giants, with no guarantees

By The Associated Press | From Page:

.

Business

Contracts to buy US homes slip in June

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
FAA proposes to fine Southwest Airlines $12M

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Stocks pause as traders await key economic news

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Zillow buying Trulia to build real estate titan

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Dollar Tree steps up fight, buys Family Dollar

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

B.C. July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Get Fuzzy July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Baby Blues July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Rose is Rose July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Zits July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Crossword July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Garfield July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Pickles July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Beetle Bailey July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Word Sleuth July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Peanuts July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Cryptoquote July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

For Better or Worse July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Bridge July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Wizard of Id July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sally Forth July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Sudoku July 29

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5