You Might Actually Be Feeling Weird From The Time Change
So here we are, just a couple days after switching our clocks back, and you're trying to convince yourself that moving the clock one hour has not actually wreaked complete havoc on your system. But you know what? Science may be telling you that you're right.
My wife usually complains about the after effects for days, and I usually give her a pile of crap for it. But according to an article from NBCNews.com, there may some actual validity to the whole concept. But, says Chris Winter, M.D. and author of The Sleep Solution, you may just be feeling supremely funky, and not in the James Brown kinda way.
Sleep is a kind of outward symbol of the timing processes of our body. Our bodies function on an internal schedule, from hormone release to body temperature to cognition – and sleep is linked to them all.
The four biggest facotrs linked to seasonal time change, are fairly obvious. They all fall right in line with most kinds of sleep deprivation. They are:
- "Spring Forward" is even linked to heart attack / stroke
Your body develops all sorts of internal rhythms based on it's own internal clock. So when we adjust the real clock, it throws off the sync that our body has developed with real time. So if your hormones change, you eat differently, you sleep differently. And because of the change, you may be groggy and not nearly as attentive for a few days after.
Try doing some of these things to combat the effects. Maybe come spring, you'll be ready for battle with your body.
- Get as much light as possible when you wake up
- Exercise in the morning
- Go to bed at your typical time Saturday night before the clocks change
- Lay off the caffeine
- Avoid napping, it'll just make it harder to sleep later
I know, you're all like, where were you a few days ago Jason?!?! Well, I was suffering through the time change like a chump. Just like the rest of you! But now, we are armed with knowledge, and we'll be ready to defeat the time change in the spring. So load up your pajamas, and see you on the other side!