Minimise the Clock Change

Tips to Ease the Transition

It's time we learn to be more
aware of what our body is telling us.

As we approach the end of October, the annual ritual of turning the clocks back one hour marks the end of Daylight Saving Time. While gaining an extra hour of sleep might sound appealing, the sudden change can affect our bodies and disrupt our internal clocks. In this article, we'll explore how to deal with the clock change and minimize its impact on your well-being.

**Understanding the Clock Change**
The transition to Standard Time, when we set our clocks back an hour, means that daylight fades earlier in the evening. While this change provides more light in the morning, it can have several effects on our bodies:
1. **Disrupted Sleep:** The shift in time can confuse our internal circadian rhythms, making it challenging to fall asleep and wake up at the usual times.
2. **Mood Swings:** Some people may experience mood changes as a result of the decreased exposure to natural light.
3. **Increased Fatigue:** Adjusting to the new schedule may lead to increased tiredness and decreased productivity.

**Tips for a Smooth Transition**
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make the clock change more manageable:
1. **Gradual Adjustment:** In the days leading up to the time change, try going to bed and waking up 15 minutes earlier each day. This gradual shift can help your body adapt.
2. **Optimize Sleep Environment:** Make your bedroom conducive to sleep by keeping it dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
3. **Limit Screen Time:** Reduce your exposure to screens before bedtime, as the blue light emitted can interfere with sleep.
4. **Stay Active:** Engage in regular physical activity, but avoid intense exercise close to bedtime.
5. **Mindful Eating:** Be mindful of your diet, especially caffeine and heavy meals, close to bedtime. Avoid consuming them too late in the day.

**Chiropractic Care and the Clock Change**
Chiropractic care can play a role in helping your body adapt to the clock change. Here's how:
1. **Improved Sleep Quality:** Chiropractic adjustments can relieve tension and promote relaxation, which can lead to better sleep quality.
2. **Stress Reduction:** Chiropractic care can help manage stress, which is particularly beneficial during times of change or disruption.
3. **Balanced Wellness:** Regular chiropractic visits support your overall well-being, making it easier for your body to adapt to shifts in routine.

By incorporating these tips and considering chiropractic care as part of your wellness routine, you can minimize the effects of the clock change on your body and continue to enjoy a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Remember that it may take a few days for your body to fully adjust to the new time schedule. Be patient with yourself, and focus on creating a restful environment that supports your well-being during this transition.

Our chiropractors are trained in more than just spinal adjustments! We can help with showing, teaching you proper movement, alignment and how to sit properly.

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