The daylight saving time: how to avoid harmful effects
So, DST has once again become a fait accompli, but the course of the body’s internal clock cannot be changed instantly – it will require at least a week. Scientists share the secrets to a painless entry into a new schedule.
For the past few days (exact period depends on the individual characteristics of each person) our bodies will get used to the new routine associated with the hands forward one hour. In practice, this means that most people may experience certain difficulties both falling asleep and waking up, because relation to the internal biological clock, which is accustomed to winter time, both processes will need to occur 1 hour earlier.
British scientists from the University of Lancaster (Lancaster University) developed a simple, but effective recommendations that will not only make the process of adaptation to summer time, more comfortable, but it will also reduce the risk of serious dangers related to the inevitable disturbance of circadian rhythm.
Scientists recommend to strive to ensure that night’s sleep (just sleep, and not being in bed) continued during the transition period at least 8 hours. To do this, you should try to «trick» the body – during the first few days after the transfer of the clock hands need to go to bed at least 30 minutes earlier than usual: for example, at 23:00 and at 22:30.
For the extra 30 minutes the body calm down and relax, and although his «internal clock» will still be 22:00 and not 23:00, however, the process of falling asleep in this case, it’s still easier.
Some tricks of the trade should be applied in the morning, when the body will want to sleep more, at least 1 hour. Am the morning will be darker – so useful immediately after recovery include maximum lighting in a house or apartment. Bright light will banish drowsiness and facilitate the transition to wakefulness.
All of these techniques are by no means superfluous: scientists have long proved that within a few days after moving both the summer and winter time there is an increased risk of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke.