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Changing Seasons, Changing Clocks

Wandering about the internet yesterday, I found two interesting pieces of information: folks really are affected by the time change, and daylight savings really does help save electricity use. The first is more than the griping about how we get confused, cranky and  maybe sad (depending upon whether we like going on or off Daylight Savings) when the clock changes twice a year. Scientists in Europe have correlated more heart attacks to the stress of the time change. However, the second point, which was that going on Daylight Savings Time saves enough energy to power 122,000 homes…well, that means DST is probably here to stay. So our job is to make the transition from fall to winter less stressful. That will be my topic for the next few blogs.

The first way we can reduce stress (for any reason, not just time changes or winter on the way) is to focus on improving our sleep. Getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night is crucial for keeping our immune, nervous, endocrine, in fact, all our bodily systems healthy and functioning well.  One easy way to improve sleep is to NOT watch TV or play/work on the computer an hour before bed. Scientists have found that the type of light emitted by screens is not conducive to either relaxation or good sleep. Seems that the color of light, how much we get (think Seasonal Affective Disorder) is important not just to our mood but to our over-all health. We are mammals, and our bodies do rule.

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