Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been practiced for over a hundred years in the United States. You know the drill, Spring Forward/Fall Back, and yet every year we dread the change. Perhaps because this change has been shown to affect our health, both mentally and physically. In fact, studies report that falling back to gain one hour of daylight in the fall months causes reductions in sleep and increases rates of heart attack, stroke, and car accidents. Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue — light — for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle. How well we adapt to this depends on several things. As our body’s Circadian Rhythm adjusts to the time change, we gradually get back on track. This change to fewer hours of sunlight can trigger Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – a condition that affects 1.6 billion people worldwide!
Here are some suggestions to help reset your master clock:
Adjust your sleep. On Monday morning when you wake up, it will be light out. When you get out of work (for all you nine-to-fivers) it will already be dark. Imagine this shift for kids! While we’re technically gaining an hour, your Circadian Rhythm is off. Try going to bed 30 minutes earlier, and waking up 30 minutes earlier. This slight shift will help.
Natural Sunlight. Our body clock is regulated by sunlight and it tells our brain when it’s time to wake up and go to sleep. It’s important to get outside as much as possible to soak up natural sunlight. This can be a challenge to those living in states that go dark in the winter.
Light Box. These devices—also known as light therapy boxes—mimic sunshine, effectively tricking our brains into thinking we’re sitting on a beach in the warm summer sun. Those with SAD are encouraged to use such devices for about half an hour each day.
Dawn Simulator. But there is a better way to get up in the morning: a dawn simulator. Essentially, this alarm clock brings us out of sleep by mimicking natural morning sunlight. There are a number of different dawn simulators available, but the very best models use full-spectrum light to get closest to actual sunlight.
Exercise. Exercise helps prevent and improve a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. Research on depression, anxiety, and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety by releasing the feel-good endorphins.
Relax. Fall and winter always urge us to go inward to try to rest and relax. Nature likes to hibernate and it wants our bodies to do the same thing. Hot showers, baths, massages all help to promote relaxation before bed. Plus the decrease in your body temperature after the bath will help you sleep easier.
Try CBD for sleep. It’s estimated that 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep disorder, already, without the change in time! CBD works to balance our body’s Endocannabinoid System (ESC) – which helps to regulate vital, internal functions, promoting overall wellness, and helping our body to recover faster. We know that CBD promotes more restful sleep, as well as a list of other health benefits.
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