Fall Back Sunday – Daylight Saving Time comes to an end, we move our clocks back to regular standard time and we get a potential extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. While it is just one hour it does have the potential to disrupt our body’s circadian rhythm.
The circadian rhythm is the roughly 24-hour cycle that affects the physiological processes of all living beings. Circadian rhythms can influence sleep-wake cycles, hormone release, body temperature and other important bodily functions. Many sleep disorders have been linked to the disruption of circadian rhythms. While they are mostly generated endogenously, they can be modulated by external cues such as sunlight and temperature.
Although the changes in Spring, when the clock springs forward, are more challenging for most people, there are others who are adversely affected when the clocks are adjusted to Fall Back. Apparently, during the transition period between daylight saving time and standard time our circadian rhythm can also be disrupted and this can have some adverse side effects. According to some of the articles I read recently, these could include an increase in depression (published in Epidemiology), an increased risk of stroke (American Academy of Neurology), cluster headaches (WebMD) and more traffic accidents (Global News).
If you are one of those people who may be more susceptible to these sorts of challenges there is still time to prepare a few essential oil blends to see you through the transition.
Here are some links to more information I share on using essential oils for:
Depression Both the article and the blog Winter Blues may be helpful.
Headaches and Migraines can contain some helpful information for those who suffer from Cluster Headaches.
Insomnia. Here are some strategies and essential oil blends to try.
Many of the tips I shared in my Spring Forward with Essential Oils Blog earlier this year could also be helpful for when the clocks fall back.
Time for me to get my kit out and whip up a couple of blends to have on hand to make the transition easy. I do hope it will be easy for all of you as well.