Published November 2, 2018 — Share
The end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) marks the transition to the darker, colder months ahead. People generally have mixed feelings about the shift. Where some believe it helps them make the most out of the short winter days, others find it extremely disruptive to their schedules.
There is something appealing to “gaining” of an hour of sleep, but one study found that the autumnal change of time and light results in a cumulative effect of sleep loss. Others have examined the effect of DST cycles in its impacts on sleep cycles, finding the fall transition harder on early risers, with the “springing forward” of clocks harder on the night owls.
Whichever transition you find harder to adjust to, the fact is, Canadians aren’t getting enough sleep to begin with.
Insufficient sleep – both in poor duration and quality – has established ties to problematic health issues, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, depression, and more. Not to mention the everyday effects of a poor sleep: grogginess, grumpiness and an inability to focus.
On the flip side – sufficient, quality sleep allows your body and mind to rest and regenerate, so it functions better on a physiological and emotional level, for better immunity, mood and efficiency. Sleep is also essential for children and adolescents in supporting hormone function for healthy growth and development.
But whether you endure the time change with grace or gritted teeth, there are some strategies to build a better sleep regimen.
There are a variety of safe and effective Natural Health Products (NHPs) that offer simple and effective sleep support.
Herbal products come in many forms like capsules, teas and tinctures and can help encourage restful sleep, including:
Good “sleep hygiene” comes out of cultivating a series of lifestyle habits that foster sound, healthy sleep. Some of these habits include:
Set your bedroom up as your “hibernation den” with a supportive mattress, comfortable bedding and ensure that the room is dark, so your body can produce sleep hormones. Invest in black-out shades and remove and any light-emitting electronics. Some find diffusing essential oils to be helpful in setting the mood for relaxation as well.
If you like to read in bed before drifting off, consider swapping out your light bulbs for those that don’t emit blue light that won’t interfere with prepping the body for sleep.
Make these sound sleep strategies a priority along with other seasonal habits to keep yourself happy and healthy over the next few months when you’ll need it the most. Visit your local CHFA Member health food store to find a wide selection of natural health products (NHPs), and expert advice in choosing products that can help you relax, unwind and get the best rest you can. Here’s to the cozy months ahead, nurturing healthy hibernation habits. Sweet Dreams!