After the long, dark winter we look forward to gaining an hour of daylight at the end of the day.

When your alarm clock “springs” you out of bed an hour earlier Monday morning, it may be more than an annoyance.

Studies indicate that Daylight Savings may be responsible for an increase in heart attacks the Monday morning after we “spring” the clocks ahead.

The sudden change in schedule disrupts our body’s circadian rhythm, the physical, mental and behavioral changes that follow a 24-hour cycle. It’s been well documented that the impact on circadian rhythms of people who work evening and overnight shifts causes problems with their health. Jet lag is also caused by the impact on our circadian rhythm.

Since we can’t fight “city hall” and stay on regular time, there are a few things we can do to counteract the harmful effects. See the list below for some ideas.

Tips to help adjust to Daylight Savings Time

  • Go to bed and get up 15 minutes earlier, starting tonight. So if you usually go to bed at 11:00, go at 10:50 tonight, 10:40 tomorrow night and so on. By Sunday, the first day of Daylight Savings, your body will already be on the “new” time.
  • Exercise regularly, especially outdoors; this helps improve sleep.
  • Eat healthy meals and snacks
  • Meditate to help counteract the stress on your system
  • Reduce sugar consumption
  • Schedule an acupuncture treatment to help balance your system
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