Spring's Sudden Daylight Savings Changes Can Negatively Impact Health

Aug 27, 2018

Australians are getting excited about increasing daylight with the Spring Equinox approaching on 21st September. ‘Winter Blues’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder was first identified and studied in the 1980’s and is widely recognised as a Mental Disorder that begins in Winter and spontaneously improves in Spring. Hence many people perceive the imminent approach of Spring of psychological and physical benefit, which it is! However, increasing evidence shows that the days immediately after the clocks change in Spring can have negative repercussions on your health.

A paper in the March 2013 American Journal of Cardiology showed that moving the clocks forward in Spring by 1 hour caused a modest increase in Myocardial Infarction's for a few days. However, the greatest spike occurred on the Sunday after the clocks change on the Saturday night. Conversely, other data suggests that when the clocks go back in autumn and the population has 1 hour more sleep, that for a few days after the clocks change, public health improves!

In an article in the January 2001 edition of ‘Sleep Medicine’, Jason Varughese and Richard Allen studied 21 years of data from fatal car accidents in America. Their analysis demonstrated that during the Monday after the clocks change for daylight savings in Spring, there is an increase in car accidents.

So, what can you do to reduce the effects of this forced jet-lag on you? Here are a few simple things that you can do when Daylight Savings suddenly changes:

  • Take the Australian Bush Flower Essences ‘Sundew’ and ‘Jacaranda’. Ironically Jacaranda’s beautiful lilac flowers appear in the Spring as a sign of their benefit for the shift in our body clocks! Jacaranda can shift you from being scattered, changeable and dithering to being centered, quick-thinking and decisive. Sundew can move you from having a lack of focus and daydreaming to having more attention to detail and being focussed in the present.
  • Continue to go to bed at the usual ‘Winter Time’ for a few days after the clocks change in Spring, to let your sleep slowly adjust, especially if you have a heart condition.
  • Allow more time for travel to work in the morning immediately after the clocks go forward one hour in Spring, as the rest of the Australian population adjusts to 1 hour less sleep.

Do you want to boost the health and productivity of your Employees in order to reduce absenteeism and boost morale? Anita has 20+ years Banking experience and with nearly 10 years experience as a Naturopathic Physician, Anita has the knowledge and experience to run workshops and seminars to improve your Employee’s Health and Wellbeing. Give her a call on +447757 540 436 to discuss how she can tailor seminars to meet your requirements, or email her at anita@multidimensionalhealing.co.uk Her website is www.multidimensionalhealing.co.uk


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