Many people claim that daylight saving time has negative effects on rest times and their biological clock. Drowsiness, headaches and extra stress are some of the complaints given by those who feel negatively affected by the change of schedule.
Among the serious effects that have been mentioned is a higher incidence of heart attacks, especially in the transition to DST in the spring. In this one, that is the one of autumn, does not present such situation.
According to Dr. Carlos Tejero Juste of the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN), the impression presented during this change of schedule is similar to what happens when we travel through different time zones, called jet lag, Only that when dealing with only an hour of difference these alterations have less impact in comparison.
The most affected are children and the elderly. The former show greater irritability and sometimes alterations in their diet. Young and healthy people may experience feelings of tiredness, drowsiness, disorientation, lightheadedness, lack of concentration, energy or difficulty sleeping. Another group of people that recently changed the schedule is the one who suffers from neurological disorders such as headaches, epilepsy or sleep problems.
The good news is that, apparently, the body only takes between three and four days to adapt, so the suffering is not long. In spite of this we leave here some recommendations that will help you to face it with better spirit.
What can you do to adapt to the change of schedule quickly?
Take walks or run outdoors. Biologist David Glass of Kent State University suggests that this type of exercise releases serotonin into the brain and other neurotransmitters that will help you adapt to changing times.
Avoid taking naps. It is best not to change your lifestyle. Neurologist Antonio Yusta commented for 20minutos.es that it is important not to alter the circadian rhythm of your organism.
Do not modify your lifestyle. You do not have to change the time you sleep or change what you do throughout the day. Keep doing your activities just like every day. The body will find ways to regulate this situation naturally.
It is also possible to change the time of the different meals gradually, starting from a few days before the complete change of the season. This is another way for the body to adapt to the new season gradually and without too much impact on the pace of life.