Carmen’s Post – Keeping Your Circadian Rhythm in Balance
Keeping Your Circadian Rhythm in Balance
Fall is here and following along, right in sync, are the wonderful natural rhythms of fall: birds flying south, whales migrating, and leaves falling. These natural rhythms, known as Circadian Rhythm, keep many physiological processes in nature and in humans in balance.
However, along with the natural positives of fall comes the negative, the time change marking the end of Daylight Savings Time. I admit, I have always welcomed an extra hour of sleep in the fall. However, it still brings a change to our Circadian Rhythm, changing the natural rhythm of our sleep pattern and interrupting our sleep-wake cycle.
One little extra hour of sleep or even worse, jet lag and Spring Daylight Savings Time, can wreak havoc on our important ‘body clock’.
How can you reset your internal body clock and recover quickly from Daylight Savings Time, jet lag, and other life disruptions?
Here are 4 tips to get you started:
- As much as possible, keep your daily schedule the same throughout the week, not just Monday-Friday, but also Sunday and Saturday. This includes sleep patterns and eating times.
- Get more natural light, especially during the morning hours. Try to get outside. In the evenings, decrease your exposure to light and cut down on the use of blue light which can promote wakefulness.
- Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Create a consistent bedtime routine. Keep your bedroom temperature cool and comfortable, and keep electronics and the TV in another room.
Enjoy the beauty of fall!