Amy Rees Anderson

If we gained an extra hour of sleep why are we still so tired?!

Winston Churchill described Daylight Savings by saying: “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn… We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”

Sounds easy enough, right? Apparently it’s not that easy…in fact, according to Dr. Yvonne Harrison in an article in the journal Sleep Medicine Reviews, she concluded that the seemingly small one-hour shift in the sleep cycle can affect our sleep for up to a week. So for those of you feeling tired today like I do, apparently we may not be alone…

I think having it get dark outside so early can also contribute to feeling tired. For some reason as soon as it’s dark outside I just want to jump into my bed with a steaming cup of hot cocoa and snuggle in my covers and go to sleep!

Experts give some tips on how to help your body adjust from the changing of our clocks coming off Daylight Savings Time:

*Take a brisk morning walk to get your body up and going.

*Eat a hearty breakfast packed with whole grains and protein to give your body energy throughout the day.

*Enjoy the new morning sunlight to help you get yourself feeling up and at em!

I think my favorite comment today about the end of Daylight Savings Time came from my sister-in-law who is the mother of three young boys who texted me this: “Is it bad we are waiting to turn our clocks back until we put our kids to bed so we can put them to bed an hour early?”    My response to her is this “No…no it is not.”

May all of our sleep clocks get back to being normal quickly this week so we can all enjoy the adventure of November that lies ahead of us! We are heading into the heart of Holiday Season so we need to get our energy back and get EXCITED for the fun times and amazing holiday shopping days that lie ahead 🙂

Have a great Monday everyone! And WELCOME TO NOVEMBER!







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