Tips To Cope With The Switch To Daylight Saving Time
This weekend, most Canadians will turn their clocks back one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end for 2016.
On Sunday morning our clocks fall back by one hour at 2 a.m. This marks a shift into the winter season where our mornings will be brighter but by evening, darkness will roll around a lot earlier in the day.
While t’s a good time for Canadians to take advantage of an extra hour of sleep, but the end Daylight Saving Time could tamper with our internal clocks. That’s because some of us may have trouble adjusting to the shorter amount of natural light we’ll be getting in our days. Experts say our bodies are thrown off when the amount of light that usually helps regulate our systems starts dwindling down. Some people deal with headaches, they could be cranky, have decreased energy or they’ll notice changes in their eating or sleeping habits. By winter, some patients could be renting light lamps to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder. This time of year is usually a trigger for “cluster headaches”, which typically start just a couple of days after the time change, and affects men more so than women.
So what can we do to combat the effects of less light? This winter season, try to fit in as much natural light as you can, don’t spend too much time in bed when you’re not sleeping, stay hydrated and watch your diet and exercise and try to keep a regular sleep schedule.