Sunday, November 6, 2022
Daylight saving time happens twice a year when clocks are changed forward during warm months and backwards during the fall/winter months when it's darker during the morning hours.
IS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME PERMANENT?
This year the US Senate approved a bill to make daylight saving time permanent starting in 2023. We will no longer need to change the clocks twice a year.
CAN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS AFFECT YOUR HEALTH?
According to AARP, the body reacts in surprising ways to daylight saving time.
- There's a higher risk of heart attack and stroke
- Impaired decision making
- Difficulty with memory and focus
- Appetite changes and more cravings
- We're increasingly irritated.
Here are some ways to help our bodies adjust to daylight saving time.
Start adjusting in advance. In the days leading up to the time change, head to bed about 15 or 20 minutes earlier each night. Adjusting gradually helps the time change be less of a shock to your system.
Expose yourself to morning light. As soon as you wake up, try to get outside. The morning light will send a strong wakeup signal to your brain and help reset your internal clock. If you can’t get outside, at least try to get to a window.
Cut out coffee by 2 p.m. You may be tempted to down some extra caffeine to get you through the midday slump, but caffeine can linger in your system and hurt your ability to fall asleep
Practice good sleep hygiene. To stimulate sleep after the time change, make sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and cool. Avoid alcohol and electronic devices before bed, and adopt a calming bedtime routine.
Consider a small dose of melatonin. If you still find it difficult to fall asleep, consider taking a small dose of melatonin — half a milligram to a milligram — about 30 minutes before bedtime, Abbott suggests.
Let's hope that we don't have to change our clocks when the law requires states to use solely standard time alone.
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