“Are You Feeling The (Fall Back) Time Change”

Nope, you are not going crazy for possibly feeling “out of sync” this week.  When this time of year rolls around  I get tired easier and need to be gentle with myself.  This involves eating healthier, less sugar and caffeine and more fruits and vegetables.  I also give myself permission to rest and allow my body’s rhythm to adjust.  It takes me 3-5 days to adjust.

I also do not like it when it is dark outside at 5:30PM.  I am someone who loves the sun and craves the sunlight.  But… there can be benefits.   I love to cook soup, eat hot meals  and settle in early.   I go to bed early and upon rising witness the beautiful sunrise.  I think of it as “nestling” in to a new rhythm for the next several months and maybe it gives us an excuse to sleep longer.

What you need to know about the Time Change:

Time changes our circadian rhythm and as a result we feel more tired.

How to tackle tiredness:

  1.  Get more rest
  2. Take Supplements
  3. Exercise
  4. Eat more fat.  ie avocados, nuts.  If we don’t get good fat in our diet certain hormones get imbalanced which can add to tiredness.
  5. Use your own compass to figure out much sleep you need.  It is different for everyone.
  6. Take Melatonin.  We are more deprived of this hormone in the winter months
  7. Avoid driving in the dark.  It’s harder to see.

8.  Avoid projects in the evening.  I once heard we retain less when we are tired.

 

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