Daylight savings can affect health

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 | In Health | Tags: ,

Daylight savings can affect health
~ Daylight savings can affect health ~

Europe is set to “spring forward” on March 27, while North America has already set its clock forward an hour on March 13. Exports say that losing one hour of sleep may affect one health in more ways than they could able think.

One problem may be that as a society, we are already sleep-deprived, so adding another hour to the deficit might push some people over the edge. We can ill-afford to lose one more hour of sleep. Want to make the switch and still feel rested and refreshed? Below are some of the tips from WebMD

1. Give yourself and your children a jumpstart.
In the days leading up the switch, move your bedtime and wake time, little by little. For example, shave 10 minutes off every night for six nights prior to the change.

2. Get some sunlight.
Help reset your body’s internal clock by exposing yourself to sunlight first thing to do in the morning.

3. Avoid evening light.
Since you will be heading to bed an hour earlier than usual, keep your evening’s dark with dim lighting in your house.

4. Exercise a little early.
Go for your workout before 4pm or 5pm, expert say because exercising late in the day can keep you awake longer in the evenings.

5. Try melatonin.
If you decide to take melatonin, WebMD advises supplementing with the recommended dosages (about 2.5mg) four to five hours before bedtime.

6. Do not nap.
Try to stay awake during the day, so you can go to bed on time.

Each year around this time, many public health officials also advise that while changing your clocks, you should also check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

Source Credit: AFP.


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