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Time Change This Weekend

By: Tyler Glen
Posted: October 26, 2020 06:32

How to make sure it doesn't mess you up.

2am Sunday. We Fall Back 1 Hour.

Halloween AND a TIME CHANGE THIS WEEKEND?!?!?!  You bet!  Some people love that night when we set our clocks back and get an “extra hour” of sleep, but the time change can have negative effects on our bodies. Just because we change the clocks doesn’t mean our internal clocks immediately reset and the transition to leaving the office after the sun sets most days isn’t always easy, but these tips can help.

  • Boost your vitamin D levels - With less time in the daylight, nutritionists say we need to get more vitamin D by eating foods like wild salmon, eggs, dairy, and mushrooms. Vitamin D can affect our moods, and it can be hard to get enough from diet alone, so you may want to consider taking a supplement to make sure you’re getting enough.
  • Load up on foods with tryptophan - Spending less time in the sun could also affect brain chemicals including serotonin and melatonin, which regulate mood, sleep, and appetite. But eating foods high in tryptophan, including poultry, eggs, bananas, and oats, can help give a boost.
  • Stick to your normal bedtime - After we set the clocks back an hour, your brain still thinks it’s an hour later than it really is, so you’ll feel tired earlier in the evening. But hang in there until you normally go to sleep so you help your body adapt to the new schedule. And then in a few months, we’ll have to go through all of this again when we “spring forward” to Daylight Saving time again.

There are places in Canada that have ditched time changes and don't spring forward or fall back like the rest of the country. Yukon now has permanent standard time in the territory.  Most of Saskatchewan doesn't change the clocks, except Lloydminster which still observes daylight saving time.  Some places in B.C., Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut's Southampton Island also have one time all year.   

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