Time change have you knocked for a loop? Acupuncture can help you adjust!
Ok, we changed the clocks. At least the ones we found on the first pass. And now many of us are feeling majorly off. So what’s going on?
Well sunrise now comes as late as it did at the end of December, during the darkest days of the year. Sure, we also get a nifty hour added on at the end of the day, but for your inner clock, that’s no help. It is early morning light that we rely on to keep in sync with the natural world. The easiest explanation is that the time shift confuses the circadian clock in the brain. Your inner clock relies on timed exposure to light, especially natural light, to keep itself in synchronization with the daily cycle of 24 hours.
So when you’ve lost an hour of sleep and your daily rhythm is thrown off, it can also throw off your inner clock and sleeping patterns. Most of us need a week or more to adjust, and some researchers suggest that our clocks never fully adjust to Daylight Savings Time.
As a result, the loss of an hour in March is hard on a lot of people. It is particularly hard on those who are battling winter depression. The Season Changed and Now You’re Depressed – Acupuncture Soothes Seasonal Affective Disorder
Many people also suffer from headaches, drowsiness, and additional stress. In fact, sometimes the stress can overwhelm the body.
According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, during the week after the shift into Daylight Savings Time, the rate of hospital admissions for heart attacks rise by as much as 10 percent. And scientists at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have examined how the incidence of myocardial infarction changes with the summer and fall clock-shifts since 1987.
“There’s a small increase in risk for the individual, especially during the first three days of the new week,” says Dr. Imre Janszky, one of the researchers behind the study. “The disruption in the chronobiological rhythms, the loss of one hour’s sleep and the resulting sleep disturbance are the probable causes.”
Stress no more! Acupuncture is a wonderful ally for the body to help it adjust to Daylight Savings Time. One way to make this transition is to use the energy of the meridians that we all have, the are rivers of energy that flow through our bodies. The meridians have many points on them. Acupuncture stimulates the body to adjust and heal itself. When we gently contact these meridians it balances our daily time clock. When the energy flows free of obstructions we experience a sense of ease. Acupuncture also helps to release neurotransmitters such as endorphins. They are our “feel good” hormones that invite relaxation and peacefulness during treatments.
Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia, and eases many other stress related issues. Acupuncture has the added benefit of re-uniting the body with the mind so that the flow of electricity, blood, lymph, and qi (life force) is harmonious in the body. The end result is a place of peace; a solid foundation for managing stress. The positive changes that occur as a result of an acupuncture session can last a long time, and are cumulative in effect.
The treatment is gentle, painless, and relaxing. Acupuncture can calm and balance the body as well as help it sleep. It is fantastic for readjusting the body seasonally as well as for jet lag. It will help you adjust in this time of change!OTHER HELPFUL TIPS FOR ADJUSTING TO DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME
- Exercise, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. A brisk morning walk? Perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.
- Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it to earlier in the day and limit it to no more than 20 minutes.
- Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don’t rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.
- Allow for proper digestion. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.
- Try Acupuncture!