Sunday, March 9, 2:00am = more light, longer days, sunshine. You in?????
A gentle reminder: Before slipping between those silky sheets on Saturday night, set your clocks ahead an hour. I, for one, am so ready for longer, lighter days. Bring on the season, bring on the light!
For some, however, Daylight Saving Time is an awkward transition. And over the next couple of weeks, you can spot these people in the crowd. They're the ones looking dazed and confused, rubbing their eyes, drinking from one coffee cup while waiting in line for the next. What's the deal with sleep cycles and why does one little hour shift an important balance for some?
Dr. Michael J. Breus (clinical psychologist and author) explains it this way: "Moving our clocks in either direction changes the principal time cue ─ light ─ for setting and resetting our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. In doing so, our internal clock becomes out of sync or mismatched with our current day-night cycle."
Suddenly, your body doesn't feel ready for bed at bedtime and bright early mornings are black as... well, night. So what can you do?
Bring on the Light! Bring on the Movement! And, Most Definitely, Bring on the Nutrition!
Above all, remember that our adjustments to Daylight Saving Time really don't last all that long; our bodies have a way of getting what they want and need. Don't fall victim to some predetermined notion of what you think you need when really, our bodies naturally take over. If you are not getting those 8 golden hours of sleep... it may be because your body doesn't need 8 hours! Who came up with that number anyway? Random!
Trust your body (it is amazing) and treat it well (exercise, nutrition, aesthetic fulfillment)... and it will always be your time.
Happy, Healthy Spring everyone!