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As we embrace the crisp, cool air of fall, the colorful backdrop of autumn leaves and the thought of succulent Thanksgiving feasts, we must also remember the end of Daylight Savings Time - an abrupt reminder to turn back our clocks one hour on Sunday, November 5th.

An extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning may sound enticing, however, many people do not, or will not be able to take advantage of this added sleep time. During the following week many people wake up earlier, have more trouble falling asleep, and are more likely to wake up during the night. This shift in the body’s daily sleep cycle can disrupt sleep for several days, which can have a negative impact on the body’s immune system. 

What can you do to maintain your health and ensure your body adjusts to the time change?  Here are a few strategies that can help keep your sleep rhythm on track:

1-      Try to go to bed the same time as you normally would on Saturday night before the time change.  Many people stay up later thinking they’ll have an extra hour to sleep in, but in reality, most people end up waking up later than they normally would.  Also, try to avoid building up a sleep debt in the days before the change.

2-      Limit alcohol, caffeine and nicotine the day before the time change. These substances can prevent you from falling asleep and also trigger headaches, especially if you are prone to them during the time change.

3-      Get as much sunshine as you can during the coming weeks. Taking a walk during the day or spending your lunch break outdoors can help boost your mood and energy.  It is recommended that you get between 20 to 30 minutes of sunshine daily.

4-      Exercise.  Mild exercise, such as walking in the late afternoon can help keep you from going home and crashing after work. 

5-      Take short naps if needed. Most experts suggest naps between 10 and 30 minutes. Any longer than 30 minutes might make you feeling groggy, as your body will have entered deeper sleep cycles.

Implementing these tips can help your body adjust to the new time change so you’ll feel energized to enjoy all the splendors the season has to offer.

If you are still having trouble adapting to the new schedule after a couple of weeks, consult your physician.  If you are looking for a quote on health insurance, Miller’s Insurance Agency can help! Call us today at (610)269-4500.

Was this article helpful? Stay tuned for our next blog that discusses the dangers of deer on the road. What should you do if a deer is darts out in front of you while driving? And, how can this affect your auto insurance rates.

Resources:

oawhealth.com               

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/daylight-saving-time-fall-back-doesnt-equal-sleep-gain-201311016836

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