What happens when the clocks change?
- Some of us will feel the lack of sunshine in our lives
This is something I have experienced over a number of years. People talk about SAD – Seasonal Affected Disorder and you don’t always relate it to yourself.
My symptoms are relatively mild but without a doubt I am aware of mood changes as the seasons change. I am a spring and summer girl. The lack of light and sunshine really does impact me.
Luckily, there are some easy solutions. First, up your vitamin D3 intake. In winter, this means supplements (Solgar, Viridian and Natures Aid to name a few). Alternatively, take a long holiday where there is sunshine at this time of year... But back to reality D3 makes a significant difference for me.
Vitamin D3 is so much more than the sun shine vitamin check out our blog on 17th march or 6th july
- Sleep patterns can be affected
Sleep is essential for our overall well-being. For most people it’s not long before they feel the effects of poor sleep habits.
Typical lack of sleep responses that I recognise are:
- Being irritable and short tempered
- Lack of concentration and focus
- More likely to be ill – your immune system is not at its best
- Eating more to get some extra energy
Long term impact of poor sleep patterns
- Increased chance of heart problems
- High blood pressure
- Compromised immunity
- Poor co-ordination and balance potentially leading to accidents
- Impaired mental ability – poor decision making, confusion
In October, we get a precious extra hour in bed so enjoy that extra hour and snuggle down for some more precious sleep…
How do I get my extra hour of sleep?
If your little ones stick to a routine you may feel your extra hour is at risk. Get them to go to bed a little later in the days leading up to the clock change. Ensure they get plenty of outdoor exercise too. This gives them exposure to more light and therefore helps them stay awake a bit longer.
For more information on sleep see our blogs on 20th January and 25th may