Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2:00 am on the first Sunday in November. In theory, “falling back” means an extra hour of sleep this weekend. – according to Harvard.edu
In fact, just the fact of switching our sleep schedule and change in sunlight can throw off what’s called our Circadian Rhythm.
A circadian rhythm is a natural, internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle and repeats on each rotation of the Earth roughly every 24 hours. It can refer to any biological process that displays an endogenous, entrainable oscillation of about 24 hours.
A new study has found that chronic disruption of one of the most basic circadian (daily) rhythms leads to weight gain, impulsivity, slower thinking, and other physiological and behavioral changes in mice, similar to those observed in people who experience shift work or jet lag.
So it’s no surprise that a time change can have us feeling thrown off for the next couple of days.
Here are 3 things that you can do to help get back on track pronto!
- Avoid turning on too many lights at home as the sun goes down to allow your body to adjust to the change in sunlight. **Perfect time for candles!
- Put the phone down early. Too much screen time can bring in extra light and not allow your brain to relax.
- Try to break a sweat! Getting a workout in will help your body release toxins and get your blood flowing, allowing for a more restful sleep.