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Sleep Tight: Daylight Saving Time & How It Affects You

As we enter the winter months, daylight saving time is ending, and the first week after the time shift can be an adjustment—good and bad. The first Sunday of November is when daylight saving time (DST) ends, and for most people, this causes energy levels to change. To help you during this transition, the Be Well blog has some tips on how to make the most of your additional hour of sleep and some common issues to keep an eye out for!

Sleep is necessary for the brain to be able to function at its full potential. Without an adequate amount of sleep, the human body can lose the ability to function at its optimal level. Gaining an hour of sleep may not seem like much, but with the proper regime during the end of DST, the short- and long-term effects can be substantial and prove to be life-saving.

Sleep Tight

Making sure you continue with positive sleep patterns—such as stretching before bed and continuing your normal daily routine—is important to getting you through the DST transition.

Physical Health

It has been proven that the risk of stroke and heart attack decreases with the added hour of sleep. Allow your body to recuperate from the day’s events or stress.

Mental Health

Having less sunlight throughout the day can affect emotional and mental health. Vitamin D plays a huge role in your “happiness” levels. With the lack of natural vitamin D during the winter, incorporating more via your diet can help boost your levels naturally.

The first week of DST ending can have negative and positive effects on your health. Embrace the extra hour of sleep like a champ and combat the negative effects of shorter, sunny days by knowing what symptoms to look for.