by Jennifer Mead LVN
When Daylight Saving time ends or begins, this means we’ll change our clocks by one hour. Although he term “spring forward and fall back” indicates which way we turn the clock, this simple action each spring and fall doesn’t necessarily result in our body clock changing immediately.
Internal Body Clock
Our primary body clock, located in the brain, keeps track of a handful of behavioral functions in sync with each other– such as temperature, digestive function and hormone production. It also determines when we are alert and sleepy. This process is called a circadian rhythm which it keeps its own time. When the transition onto or off daylight savings time occurs, our circadian rhythm is out of sync by an hour. This is similar to having mild jet lag.
“Falling back ” is usually no problem because we tend to feel sleepy a little earlier than usual and wake up earlier as well. To help with sleep here are 8 tips to make sure to are well rested:
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