We are on the second straight day of non stop rain. The farmers are delighted as we are no longer considered to be in a drought situation, just ‘abnormally dry.’ It is 48 degrees right this very minute in time in the heart of central Illinois. I am delighted because the snow is all gone except for places where it has been piled up. Life is good.
Well, life is good. I was able to get out of bed this morning. The part that isn’t so good is the time change to daylight savings time. I really hate that!! I am a morning person and I could care less if it stays light an extra hour in the evening. And here is something I didn’t know but I do believe. Semi-annual 1-hour change linked to increase in heart attacks, more traffic fatalities, etc.
Academic research shows that losing an hour of daylight can be linked to negative effects on both the mind and body, including disturbed sleep patterns,
How to adjust to the time change
- Take advantage of the opportunity to get an extra hour of sleep. Don’t stay up later in anticipation of the time change.
- Eat healthy and keep hydrated. Avoid caffeinated beverages, since too much caffeine can further disrupt your natural sleep rhythm.
- Increase your exposure to bright light and physical activity during the day until late afternoon/early evening to help compensate for the overall reduction of daylight hours.
- Get your daily dose of Vitamin D. The two best ways to get the Vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15 to 30 minutes per day in summer/southern regions — it's very difficult to get enough exposure in winter in northern regions because of reduced UV levels), or to take vitamin D supplements.
- Drivers should be extra alert — pull over if you're driving and feel drowsy. The only cure for sleepiness is sleep. Opening the window or turning up the radio are not effective ways to stay awake.
- Use this clock-change weekend as an opportunity to make home safety checks. Check and replace batteries in home smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! Stay safe and be happy!!