The leaves are changing colour, the days are getting shorter and shops are filled with pumpkin-flavoured foodstuffs, all of which can mean only one thing: fall is officially upon us.
It’s a favourite season for many people, including those of us at Wowsabi who live and work on our family-operated farm in Abbotsford, BC, a place that is simply stunning at this time of year. But there’s one aspect of fall that no one enjoys and that’s Daylight Savings.
Of course “falling back” is nowhere near as bad as “springing forward,” when the clocks rob us of an hour in bed. But that hour difference when Daylight Savings ended on Sunday, November 3, can still have a negative impact on our lives.
So what impact will the clocks changing have on your health and how can you combat it? Read on to find out…
Why is sleep so important?
Firstly we just wanted to touch on why sleep is so important for our health. In theory, adults are supposed to sleep between seven and nine hours per night, if we don’t, then our bodies are going to start to suffer.
From our moods to our appetites, via our decision-making abilities and even our ability to fight off infection, sleep deprivation can have a massive impact on our overall well being. We’ve previously written about how it can impact your health, but the important thing to remember is that even something as small as Daylight Savings ending can add up to make a big difference in our lives.
What impact will “falling back” have?
That hour difference is all that it takes to throw off our internal clocks, or circadian rhythm, which regulates how much we sleep. The end result feels a little bit like a mild case of jet-lag, but its impact extends far beyond simply making us feel more tired.
According to researchers, Daylight Savings can actually be very bad for our health. Academics for example have proven that its impact on our concentration levels corresponds to a direct increase in the number of road traffic accidents. Another study showed that Daylight Savings leads to a spike in heart attacks, while other research suggests it can increase our risk of suffering a stroke.
That means that remembering to change the time on our clocks is the least of our concerns. So how can we minimize the impact of Daylight Savings and tackle the tiredness it can inevitably cause?
How to tackle tiredness
Get into a routine – All of you parents out there will know all too well the importance of sticking to a sleep schedule. But even though we grow out of the need for regular nap times, maintaining a regular routine is key to tackling the Daylight Savings blues. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will not just help you to stay on an even keel when the clocks change, it will also help to improve the quality of your sleep which means you will wake up feeling well rested.
Get some exercise – Exercise will not only help you to feel more tired and sleep better, but exercising at the same time each day will also help to keep your circadian rhythm in check. Even better, it’s also a great excuse to get outside, which can in turn help to tackle tiredness.
Get outdoors – Our bodies don’t react to the numbers on a clock; instead our internal clocks are regulated by natural light. So try to get up and outside to catch some morning light and do your best to sneak out of the office for five minutes of sun in the afternoons as well. Your body will thank you for it.
Get off your phone – Just as natural light is vital to tackling tiredness so too is darkness. In this day and age we’re all guilty of having too much light in our lives. Whether it’s watching TV, checking our phones before we go to sleep or simply having too many lights on, this artificial illumination can stop our bodies from getting sleep ready.
Get healthy – As the old saying goes: “you are what you eat,” and that rings true for tackling tiredness too. When the darkness descends, try to switch up your diet with some healthy alternatives to things like caffeine and alcohol which can have a negative impact on your sleep quality. Instead, opt for sleep-inducing foodstuffs like almonds, peanut butter or low-fat snacks like yoghurt and cottage cheese.
Get hydrated – Getting dehydrated can leave you feeling sluggish and rundown, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying to stay on top of your sleep patterns. So when the clocks change it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re getting enough water.
Get some help – There’s nothing wrong with giving your body a little helping hand every now and then, which is why supplements can be a great tactic to help you tackle tiredness. Things like Vitamin D, C and B are all regularly recommended. But gut health can play an important part in getting enough sleep too, which is where something like wasabi can help.
Wowsabi works tirelessly to bring the benefits of wasabi to your diet through our innovative supplements. At our family-owned and operated farm, we grow real, organic wasabi and use modern technology to preserve its traditional health benefits. This means you get more of the real wasabi’s original nutrients as well as its traditional health benefits, which in turn is good news for your body.
With studies identifying its powerful antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy properties, wasabi is becoming the supplement of choice for today’s active, health-conscious, won’t-be-slowed-down people just like you. Click here to find out how you can improve your overall wellness with our premium wasabi products.