Daylight Savings Time is here again! Our daylight hours take a giant leap ahead while our nights are seemingly shorter – what’s not to love about this time of the year? Typically, the time change makes us feel more productive, but the adjustment period can be rough.

This Sunday, March 14, we set our clocks one hour forward at 2 a.m. resulting in one less hour of sleep. You wouldn’t think an hour would affect our bodies so much, but surprisingly enough, it can cause changes in your sleep habits, mood, and body.

Since our body runs on a 24-hour clock, called a circadian rhythm, the one-hour disruption (or disappearance) has a significant effect on our bodies, such as

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  • Sleep Deprivation – you know… that tired and groggy feeling you might have for the next few days. As such, you may feel a little less productive and not like yourself.
  • Mood Changes – we all know a lack of sleep can severely cause mood swings. So, you may feel more irritable or even sad during the transition period. 
  • Social Lags – research also shows that you may experience a “social lag” because you will likely try to fit more into your day than usual since its lighter outside for longer. You will be doing more activities, which will run down your body faster.

However, you can get ahead of the time change by practicing the following tips:

Good Sleep Hygiene

Practicing good sleep hygiene year-round will make the transitional months from Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time easier. Avoid coffee or alcohol a few hours before bed, make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep per night, and stick to a planned schedule daily. Wake up, eat, socialize, and go to bed around the same time each day.

Soak Up the Sun

Sunlight can assist you to sleep better at night since our circadian rhythm relies highly on natural light. So, feel more awake instead of tired and run down by being in the sun throughout the day.

Nap Shorter, Not Longer

Taking shorter naps during the day can also help replenish your energy throughout the day and help with the effects of Daylight Savings Time. Longer naps may mean it is more difficult to fall asleep at night, causing a loop of sleep disturbances.

Luckily, for most, your body adjusts after a few weeks, and these disturbances subside. If you use these tips, you should get ahead of Daylight Savings Time and know how to handle them better.

To learn more about how Back To Health Wellness Care can help you with your Daylight Savings Time adjustment or any issues with sleep, in general, contact us via email at dr@back2healthytoday.com or info@back2healthtoday.com, or via phone at (973)-595-1809.