November calls for the end of Daylight Savings Time, and with the clocks falling back on Sunday, November 6th, this means you’ll get a much needed and well-deserved hour added to your day. Imagine what you can do with an extra hour! You could spend some extra time with your family, catch up on some sleep, or check more things off your to-do list! Although this seems like a slight but exciting change in schedule, you might find it a bit harder to wake up on Monday morning. Are you ready to turn back your clocks? Don’t worry, we’ve put together a few key tips to help your body adjust easily.
Get your zzzs
You turn to look at the time when your alarm clock goes off and wonder why it looks a bit brighter outside than usual. Even though the time shift is only an hour, it can easily throw off your internal clock and leave you feeling groggy. To help your body adjust to waking up a little later than usual, it is suggested to go to bed 15-30 minutes later a few days before the time change. Closing your blinds and curtains at night will also help to keep the light from outside shining in during the early morning. If you’re having a hard time getting your sleep back on track, try a melatonin supplement such as Jamieson Healthy SLEEP™. It is a non habit-forming natural sleep aid that first releases melatonin to help you fall asleep, then releases a second dose of melatonin to help you stay asleep.
If you find it hard getting back to your regular routines, you might find yourself feeling stressed out and a little overwhelmed. Because it might take some time getting back into the swing of things, we suggest finding an “outlet” or hobby to help relieve extra stress. Especially since we’re approaching the colder months and the holiday season, excess stress can weaken your immune system and make it a lot easier for you to get sick. To help you keep your cool, make sure to squeeze in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day. This could include walking or jogging on a treadmill, yoga or strength training. Aside from the physical benefits of daily exercise, being physically active releases serotonin, a chemical in your body that helps your nerve cells and brain functions, which helps balance and maintain your overall mood.
Waking up tired or even having a few sleepless nights can have an effect on your work and personal life. Although it might seem like a temporary issue that’ll resolve on its own, it can lead to hormone disruption, lack of productivity and can have a serious effect on your stress levels. If you’re feeling stressed out, your body has a hard time holding onto vitamin B12, which is a crucial nutrient that helps your body convert the food you eat into energy you can use. Need a little boost of natural energy? Try our delicious and convenient-to-carry Vitamin B12 Spray.
If you’re struggling to adjust to the change in your sleep schedule and cope with stress, you might find yourself gravitating towards unhealthy foods! That extra bag of chips or scoop of ice cream might seem comforting at first, but those extra calories you’re consuming are loaded with extra sugar and processed fats, and lacking in healthy nutrients. To make the time change easier on your diet, try making your meals and snacks ahead of time so you’re less tempted to eat out or nibble on unhealthy foods. Fibre takes longer to digest, which can help make you feel full longer. If possible, add some tasty fibre-packed foods like oats, lentils, spinach and avocado to your diet.
Remember, it might take some time for you to adjust, so don’t feel bad about not being your usual self!