Fall is here, which means it is once again time to turn back time and adjust – that’s right folks, fall back an hour on Sunday November 1st and enjoy that extra hour of sleep!
Keep in mind, moving the clock forward and backward one hour twice a year doesn’t just affect your daily lives and schedules, it can also throw the internal schedule within your body as well.
According to an article by the Iowa clinic sleep center, that extra hour that we gain can affect our bodies for over a week. We all know how nice the falling back feels and that it is QUITE less harsh on us than springing forward. So the real adjustment truly comes in March.
But falling back can cause our internal clocks to be thrown off – affecting our sleep patterns and our eating habits. These problems can lead to both lower energy and loss of productivity. These issues are caused by the bi-annual disruption of your body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates many aspects of life — like the times in the day when you feel drowsy or alert. The abrupt time change (it literally happens overnight) changes the natural patterns of light and dark that your brain has gotten used to.
Adjusting to the time change is different for everyone. Some people adjust in a few days; for others, it takes more time.
So what can we do? Dr Gregory Hicklin, a board-certified sleep medicine physician and medical director of the West lake Sleep Center offers the following three tips to help you avoid the negative effects of adjusting to the fall change:
To read this article in its entirety, please visit Get Ready To Fall Back.
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