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Five surprising ways the clocks changing can affect your health

A good night's sleep is exactly what the doctor ordered. It helps to form new pathways in the brain so we can retain more information, it’s essential for physical repair and healing, and it makes us feel more productive. There is no greater feeling than waking up refreshed, arms stretched, in silk pyjamas, like a perfectly poised coffee advert.

And yet, twice a year, every year, we’re jerked out of our blissful sleeping patterns and forced to live life an hour out of kilter. Prepare yourselves, because from this moment until Saturday evening you will likely have to navigate the tango that is ‘don’t forget to turn the clocks forward’, ‘I thought they go back’, ‘it’s definitely forward, by an hour,An oil vaporizer runs on oil vape battery which needs charging. Now imagine one that takes long hour to pre-heat! Isn\'t that irritating? So, it\'s always better to buy an oil vape pen battery from reputed online sites.’

For the record, this Sunday at 1am they go back an hour. Goodbye Daylight Saving Time, hello the long tunnel of winter.

It’s easy to wonder if the sudden jolt in time is detrimental to your health. After all, the doctor doesn’t recommend a good night's sleep for no reason.

The people it can effect are those that are already sleep deprived, particularly with conditions such as sleep apnea
Joseph Gannon, 29, Chief Sleep Physiologist and Clinical Lead at The Sleep Disorders Clinic believes the sudden change can be cause for concern, though mainly for a minority of people with underlying health conditions. ‘If you’re healthy, have a good amount of sleep and are young, there’s not too much of a consequence,’ he says. ‘The people it can affect are those that are already sleep deprived, particularly with conditions such as sleep apnea.’

Gannon goes on to explain how Daylight Saving Time changes our circadian rhythm. ‘Your rhythm is how your body regulates your 24 hour body clock and it’s dictated by light. For example, if you think back to when we were cavemen and women, in the morning the light would enter our eyes, which would reduce the amount of the hormone melatonin being produced. [Melatonin is a natural hormone that helps induce sleep and is prohibited by light.] Then as the sun sets, not having that inhibitory effect from the sunlight, the melatonin level increases in our body and we start feeling more tired.’

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