How to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time Sooner
By Brandi Swieter
Daylight savings time happens twice a year, either pushing back or pushing forward the time. During the fall season is when people see the time fall back an hour to provide an extra hour of light in the morning. This time change can interrupt sleep patterns and make people feel more tired for a while. It is best to start preparing in advance so the change doesn’t make that big of an impact on one’s life. Start preparing in October before the November time change takes place.
Naps during the day are beneficial for many people, allowing them to gain some extra shut-eye to help combat their sluggishness. During a time change it is best to avoid taking long naps so the body can get the adequate amount of rest at night.
Make Gradual Changes
People don’t have to start going to bed a full hour earlier to prepare for the time change. Instead, they can make gradual changes over time to help their bodies prepare for what’s to come. It may be easier to head to bed just 10 minutes earlier for a few days, switching it up to 20, 30, and 45 before reaching the full hour. It helps make the change without having to start at a significant interval that makes it hard for the body to adjust.
Bask in the Sunlight
Light suppresses melatonin, which is the body’s natural substance that induces sleep. Those who get more sunlight during the day are more likely to experience better sleep in the nighttime hours. It is also wise to avoid light of any kind in the late evening so the body can best prepare for a good night’s rest. Staying awake looking at phone screens or television sets is not good for sleep or the eyes.
Anyone who notices they are still struggling to adjust to daylight savings time and are having a hard time sleeping after trying these tricks can seek the guidance of a chiropractor. The Joint Chiropractic remains open late and has walk-in hours available on the weekends as well so everyone’s needs can get met as soon as possible. The doctor of chiropractic may be able to help find an underlying symptom that is causing the sleep problems and help correct it so a better night’s rest can be achieved.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Eastvale, Calif.