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3 Ways To Fight the Effects of Time Change On Your Body

he transition from daylight saving time to standard time may seem easier to handle than the opposite, but don’t let that extra hour of sleep fool you. SOUL has your back when it comes to fighting that jet-lag feeling of time change.

Cool, crisp air blows in, the days grow darker much earlier, and mornings seem to shine too bright as you get up for your scheduled SOUL class. The end of daylight saving time gives us an extra hour of sleep, but with that comes an impact on your body and mind.

Ever notice that you somehow feel groggier and almost jet-lagged the day after turning the clocks back? Falling back an hour can cause trouble getting to sleep (since our bodies are used to being awake later with more light, loss in concentration, and even depression. But don’t stress over turning the clock back an hour, we’ve rounded up three simple ways to beat those pesky time change effects!

Aim for more light. One of the first noticeable indicators that standard time is approaching is the sun going down earlier and earlier as the year goes on. Getting some sunlight as soon as you wake up will keep you energized and focused throughout the day, and help your body halt melatonin production until bedtime. Early sunlight streaming in through the windows will make it easier for you to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for SOUL!

Exercise! Your time on the bike can help you transition back to standard time with ease. By keeping your schedule consistent and rising for your early morning class, your body is more likely to easily adjust to the time change. If you’re more of an afternoon or nighttime rider, you’re in the clear too. Being physically active is directly linked to improved sleep patterns. A study from the Journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity found that the raise in body temperature caused by exercise activates the temperature down-regulation (your body’s way of cooling off after hardcore exercise) that follows post-workout, which is proven to promote a beneficial night of sleep.

Go to bed earlier. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine found that the transition from daylight saving time back to standard time can impact the body’s chronobiological rhythms (think: your body’s internal clock), leading to the disruption of sleep. The loss of quality sleep can easily be mended by hopping into bed a little earlier than usual. Don’t be fooled by the “extra hour” of sleep gained, since you’re likely to wake up earlier that morning from the change. Your body will thank you for taking care of it the night before.

Get those clocks ready to turn back, daylight saving time ends this Sunday, November 5 at 2:00AM.

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Article by Makenzi Adams
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