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How does the time change affect our body?

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The second time change of the year arrives again, with which we will spend during the winter hours. With this modification of the use of light, many people may experience a growth of their discomfort due to the difficulty in adapting to it. Today we tell you what affections can be derived from this fact and how they affect our organism.

Time change is a relatively peculiar phenomenon, since it only happens twice a year. Even so, it totally affects the routine and how people face the workday on a daily basis. Although it is only carried out at the time it is applied, its effects may last several days unless its impact on life is taken into account. People who have more sensitivity to their body can suffer their effects more aggravated. Therefore, it is important to take some preventative measures to avoid a temporary decline in health.

Although many times it is said that shift time can seriously affect our well-being, it’s just about an urban legend. This event does not cause physical symptoms about our body, but it can cause severe affections on psychological health. The change in the routine, the period of adaptation, the shortage of light during the first and last hours of the day, etc. they can modify the energy state of people. So, motivation, hours of sleep, appetite or cognitive abilities can be resented if our body fails to adapt to change.

When a person has difficulties getting used to the new time change, it is often that they go through a period of increasing discomfort. This temporary stage is motivated by the body and directly affects both its psychology and the senses. Some of the most common symptoms are:

  • Go to sleep without sleep
  • Sleepiness and poor quality of rest
  • Lack of widespread attention
  • Irritability and constant mood swings
  • Excessive psychological tiredness
  • Temporary reduction of the memory
  • Low and / or negative moods

These consequences are a natural response of the organism to deal with an extraordinary effort to try to fulfill the same tasks as usual, or otherwise the biological clock. To alleviate its effects, a good solution is to prepare the body with the new routine a few days before. For example, postponing some activities a few minutes or a few hours later so that when the time comes the change is not so abrupt. The period of adaptation is always more advisable than being gradual, that not completely in the same moment of the event.

In the event that it has not been possible to establish a period of prior adaptation for the time change, it is also advisable to do so later. In this type of situation, it is useful to suppress, for example, siesta, go to sleep more early than usual, not expose yourself to the blue light of electronic devices or stop taking exciting substances, such as coffee. The final goal is to conserve a high energy state during the hours of light, and low when we need to rest. During the night, sleeping in darkness benefits resting, as the body is able to segregate a larger amount of melatonin, which helps to reconcile sleep.

Did you have the effects of time change? Share your opinion with us! Or if you wish, request a visit with one of our experts for a diagnosis.