Turn Back Time

Clocks Fall Back This Weekend

Changing our clocks by an hour is an inconvenience that we don’t look forward to, and with good reason. Whether we’re setting the clocks backward or forward, our systems experience an unsettling that many of us experience as sleeplessness, headaches, anxiety or depression. The symptoms are usually short lived, but here’s a few tips that may ease the transition.

1. Make a gradual shift

For a few days before the time change, go to bed and wake up 10 to 15 minutes later in Fall or earlier in Spring each day to help your body slowly adjust.

2. Stick to your schedule

Once the clock changes, keep things as normal as possible. Try to adhere to your normal routines for time to go to bed, get up, eat, exercise, etc.

3. Maintain good sleep habits

A healthy bedtime routine can do wonders for your sleep. A few good sleep habits to follow include going to bed and waking up a the same time every day; not watching TV or browsing social media for an hour before bedtime; avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evening; and not exercising before going to bed.

4. Get out in the sun

Spending time outdoors during daylight hours, even if it’s only for a quick walk, can help stimulate your body. You may also benefit by sitting beside a sunny window or trying light therapy.

5. Limit caffeine intake

You don’t have to skip your morning cup of coffee, but reducing your intake by even one cup a day can be very beneficial. Avoiding caffeinated beverages in the evening helps you fall asleep easier and rest better.

If you’d like a little support for the time change transition, Healing Path offers Hosta or Rose of Sharon flower essences that can be powerful allies.

Or, you might consider a lovely, balancing Reiki session, which is a very effective method of support to help with relaxation and sleep.

Wishing you well on your journey!


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