It’s Body Clock Month at Warren Evans, London’s foremost bed maker & mattress supplier. Throughout October they will be looking at the seasonal changes that affect our mind and body and bringing you a wealth of expert advice to help you feel healthy and happy.
The autumn season spells many changes for our internal body clock and this time of year can often seem like we’re fighting a loosing battle. Most of us sense the two key changes quite easily - the reducing amount of daylight and the drop in temperature.
Our bodies need to manage the change from summer to winter time as the clocks fall back. Diminishing sunlight can lead to a lack in Vitamin D, especially in vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women. For some of us the decrease in sunlight leads to a drop in mood and even seasonal affective disorder (SAD) on occasion.
Colder and wetter weather gives cold & flu bugs the chance to thrive and an increase in windy weather can often dry our lungs and wind-pipes and can generally leave us feeling a bit battered!
Our hunter-gatherer history suggests certain ‘harvest’ opportunities in terms of diet, and more recently autumn is seen as a chance to detox, so we can often change what we use to fuel our bodies quite significantly.
So how do we link our hunter-gather past to our 21st century technology driven present? What can we do to boost our natural energy levels and to keep spirits high?
Dave Gibson, Warren Evans’ trusted Sleep Advisor leads a team of experts throughout Body Clock Month to bring you top tips, tricks and professional advice to help you manage the seasonal changes. Over the month they will be looking in detail at 4 key areas; sleep, nutrition, emotions and movement & exercise, all found at InspireMe.
Here’s a few top tips to get you started:
1. Go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning. Keeping to a routine helps your biological clock. Taking long afternoon naps can interfere with night-time sleep patterns. If you need a nap, don’t take longer than 30 minutes.
2. Don’t work late especially on computers as they emit blue light. Blue light regulates our secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Exposed to blue light, we limit the production of melatonin and we stay alert and awake. In the absence of blue light, melatonin production increases and, we get sleepy.
3. No caffeine after 4pm for coffee drinkers. This will not only reduce stimulus to the brain, but also allow you to replenish your body fluids during the evening. Coffee is a diuretic and the last thing you need is to be woken up during the night needing a "bio break"!
4. Make sure you get some outside light if possible to reduce potential decrease in mood in the darker days. The decrease in natural light can have significant effect on mood resulting in a winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD can often be treated successfully by light therapy. This involves sitting in front of or beneath a light box that produces a very bright light.
5. Try and tune into seasonal energy. Do less, start to wear warmer clothes and slow down with the commitments. Take time to look after yourself.
For in-depth advice and top tips go to https://www.warrenevans.com/inspire_me/ throughout October. Lots of prizes up for grabs too!
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