Daylight Savings: Rules To Bounce Back

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Our bodies follow a 24-hour day pattern, and an hour's difference can disrupt the body's natural rhythms, potentially causing sleep deprivation, headaches, heart disease and other health hazards. Sleep is essential for good health and yet I don’t think we fully appreciate it as many of us are already sleep deprived, so losing that additional hour of sleep can become a significant problem.

Stick to the Routine

We all have bedtime routines that we follow. Stick to the routine. The early bird gets the worm, adequate preparation goes a long way in ensuring that you are well rested. That said, your sleep environment can go a long way in triggering your readiness for sleep so make sure to invest in it.

Power down

Your bedroom isn't much of a sleep sanctuary if smartphones, electronics and television are brightening up your bedroom. They emit blue light, which is what fools your body into thinking its daytime, thereby prevents you from getting that quality sleep. 

Don't force it. 

If the body isn’t ready to fall sleep, there's little point in stressing over it, get out of bed and enjoy a relaxing activity. Sleep is like a train that comes on a schedule. If you miss one train you have to wait for the next one to arrive and it won't get there any quicker by tossing and turning and getting frustrated.

Recover with Sunshine

With the loss, there comes a gain. More Sunshine, and that is especially important for us Vancouverites that live in the Northern Hemisphere. Sunshine provides us with Vitamin D and it sets our circadian rhythm, a type of biological clock that determines our sleepiness and wakefulness over a 24-hour period. Our bodies respond to light so the very best thing you can do for your body’s rhythm is to wake up the same time every day and immediately give yourself five minutes of sunshine exposure. That will set your rhythm and help you bounce back from daylight savings.