With the start of November, comes not only the Seasonal Depression scaries, but also the transition out of Daylight Savings Time. Thanks to Ben Franklin who initially brought up the idea of DST as a joke, we now experience an unpleasant jolt to our circadian rhythm twice a year.
What happens when our circadian rhythm gets out of wack, is we become more prone to:
- Sleep deprivation
- Maintaining energy and focus
- Eating habits
- Mood and mental wellbeing
- Heart health
- Immune-related conditions
- Accidents and injuries
- Poor judgement and decision making
However, our circadian rhythm does a lot more than signal bedtime, and wake time. It is also connected to our metabolism, as our bodies are also on a clock for eating times throughout the day. Our circadian rhythm also works on DNA repair in our sleep, helping heal and boost our immune system. Plus, research has shown that it also influences mental health, and is related to the risk of depression or bipolar disorder.
So, what can you do to ease this transition for your body?
REST. Allow a longer rest period for yourself. If you require a usual 8 hours of sleep every night, get into bed an hour earlier than normal.
DON'T RUSH. Set extra alarms in the morning, so you don't wake up late and in a panic AKA leading to even more distress and fatigue. Start with a slow morning, giving your body more time to process the change.
CBD-CARE (A version of self-care). There's two ways CBD can help you with DST: easing any anxiety/off balance mood-swings and giving you better sleep.
If you wake up grumpy in the morning, or unsure how to survive the long 9-5 day ahead of you; we suggest taking one of our CBD gummies before you walk out the door. It will help calm any jitters, and hopefully bring a bit of balance.
At night, as you are walking through your bedtime routine, take one of our CBD sleep gels 30 minutes prior to lights out. Our sleep gels have 25mg of CBD PLUS 3mg of melatonin and 3mg of CBN (which is a sleep cycle regulator!!!) so you can fall asleep easy and wake up rested.
Take away the anxiety of DST and use our tips to help make this transition easier.
Read more about the effects of daylight savings time on your body here.