The Times They Are Changing
The UK changed this past week. The clock change is upon us in North America this weekend. Of the two annual time changes, this leap seems easier to take because the clock, and we, “fall back” and actually get an extra hour of sleep. The reality is, however, that any change to our circadian rhythm can affect our precious sleep, especially when the foundation is rocky.
Daylight Saving Time begins in the spring and then ends in the autumn every year. The start and end of daylight-saving time can throw us for a loop because of our circadian rhythm – the internal clock that manages our sleep-wake cycle – works best when you have a set routine and stable sleep habits. When that’s thrown off whack, sleep disruptions are likely to occur. The circadian rhythm affects not only our sleep but our metabolism and health. Our falling back this weekend does not exempt us from adjusting or from the fallout.
The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has studied this issue extensively and actively calls for this practice to cease for health reasons: “Daylight saving time is less aligned with human circadian biology – which, due to the impacts of the delayed natural light/dark cycle on human activity, could result in circadian misalignment, which has been associated in some studies with increased cardiovascular disease risk, metabolic syndrome and other health risks.”
We can prepare for this change and minimize the impact of circadian stress with a bit of pre-planning. There is also an easier way. Sleep disturbances are barely noticed when you are taking Zenbev Drink Mix regularly. Zenbev works its magic by providing the right food ingredients so that your body never skips a beat. You get the sleep you need and you don’t lose any shuteye over tolerance or dependence. It can’t happen with Zenbev. You don’t need to pay that price when you are taking the best natural sleep aid and using the miracle of food science to power natural sleep. That is worth its weight in gold.