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As the nights have drawn in and the clocks have changed, Becky talks about how it can affect your body. Read on to find out more…

 

 

When the clocks change….

 

We all know sleep is vitally important. Check out some of our previous blogs on how to optimise sleep hygiene. Clocks changing (forwards and backwards), travelling through different time zones, and a child developing, are life situations where knowing how to adapt to the change is smart.

In October, daylight saving time is the end of British summer time (BST) and it returns to Greenwich mean time (GMT). What does that mean for us? Brace for shorter days and longer colder nights as our winter approaches. Mornings are lighter, and evenings are darker earlier.

It has been more than 100 years since the changing of the clocks have been established. In 1895, George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand, first proposed the idea of a two-hour time shift so he could have more after-work hours of sunshine in the summer. In the UK the clocks first changed in 1916 in the UK. However, though Willett proposed this in 1907, Britain failed to adopt the idea until 1916, a month after Germany had taken up the idea. DST was first implemented in the US with the Standard Time Act of 1918, a wartime measure for seven months during World War I in the interest of adding more daylight hours to conserve energy resources.

These days, there are some murmurings that we should scrap these bi-annual changes as they are not applicable in today’s modern world.

For now, how should we navigate these scenarios to optimise health?

 

Just like jet lag, a time change of even only one hour can affect you and your kid’s circadian rhythms (physical, mental and behavioural changes that generally follow a 24-hour cycle), and therefore your sleep schedule, for a few days. Those early mornings can lead to sleep and nap issues, overtired babies, and grumpy moms and dads. For children (and adults) plan ahead. About 10 to 12 days before the clock change, start putting your child to bed 15 minutes later than usual. For example if their usual bedtime is 7.30pm, move this to 7.45pm. After three nights of the new time, shift bedtime by another 15 minutes, so it is now 8.00pm. As an adult you can do something similar for yourself.

When it comes to travelling and jet lag. The calculator for working out how long it’ll take to naturally acclimatise is one day per hour of time zone difference. There are some other ways to improve your recovery-melatonin and light exposure.

• Travel as if you’re in the time zone of your destination.
• Drink lots of water. Stay active. Avoid napping during the day.
• Immediately get a on a schedule. Inc get on a normal meal schedule as soon as possible.
• Take a shower when you arrive.
• Book flights that arrive in the morning/daylight. Try to get rest on the flight, as if you are already at the destination time zone.

Hopefully this was an interesting read, and gives you more knowledge to help yourself.

Knowledge is power.