Coping With The Effects Of Daylight Savings
Twice a year we have to deal with the slight change to our body clock as we either set our clocks forward or back, depending on the time of year. In the next few weeks we will be getting that extra hour in bed as our clocks are due to “fall back” on 30th October 2016. What you may not know is that this small change can have an impact on your body. Below we take a look at the effects that daylight savings has on you and your family and how you can cope with them.
A Good Night Sleep
It’s no surprise that one of the major issues when the clocks go forward is the hour of sleep that you lose. However, that extra hour in bed can also have an impact on your health as you may feel over tired. To avoid this, we recommend that you try and stick to your normal routine and not take advantage of the extra hour in bed. This can be done by setting your alarm to go off an hour early, so in reality you will be waking up at your normal time.
One of the best ways to keep your body clock on the right track is through exercise. A decent workout releases serotonin, a chemical in your brain that can help your body adjust. Even a morning walk can have a positive impact to your body adjusting to daylight savings. It is important to note that exercising late at night is not recommended as it may affect your quality of sleep.
Looking After Your Child
If you are a parent, it is important to help your child to adjust to the change in time. The best thing you can do is maintain their sleeping routine and schedule. Set all of the clocks an hour back in your home the night before they are due to go back. This way they will reflect the correct time when you wake up in the morning. If you implement these strategies your child is more likely to adjust.
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