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This Sunday, March 9, 2014 we switch from standard to daylight savings time. Clocks get set an hour forward, meaning a loss of time but more evening hours of daylight. For some, the first few days of daylight savings time can mean sleepiness and reduced concentration. Dr. David Chang, The Polyclinic sleep specialist recommends you should respect your sleep time and your body’s need for it:
Last week, the Washington Health Alliance (the Alliance) released its 2014 rankings on patient experience among Puget Sound-area primary care providers in their report “Your Voice Matters.” The Polyclinic was one of five medical groups (out of 46 participating groups) to earn the top category of “Better than Average” in all four measures of patient experience in the Alliance’s report.
t’s been a standout, sunny summer in Seattle. And for many of us, we savor every minute of sunshine we can get. But too much sun can wreak havoc on our skin. Persistent sun exposure causes distinctive textural and skin tone changes that contribute to premature aging of the skin and, as we all know, increase the possibility of skin cancer. The aging process itself is scarcely visible on non-sun-exposed skin!
Many of you have likely been hearing and reading about the new healthcare Exchanges throughout the country that were created as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our state’s Exchange recently launched its website, www.wahealthplanfinder.org, that will serve as the new online marketplace for those without health insurance. The site opened Monday, October 1, 2013, for enrollment and the open enrollment period will continue through March 31, 2014.
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 we switch from Daylight Savings Time to standard time. Clocks get set an hour backward, meaning a gain of daylight time in the morning but less evening hours of light. Some people neglect to prepare themselves for this new sleep routine as their bodies will need to adjust to the time change. The Polyclinic Sleep Center Specialists, Meredith Broderick, MD and David Chang, MD recommend doing these things if you find yourself waking up an hour ‘early’ :