5 Ways to Adjust to Time Change
(Jet Lag or Daylight Savings)
Did the daylight savings time change throw a wrench in your body's natural rhythms? Clocks and calendars are helpful tools we humans invented to help us coordinate certain events, but unfortunately biology has it's own timelines... and they don't always get along!
Our bodies have natural daily rhythms in hormones, like cortisol and melatonin that help us know when to feel awake, and when to feel sleepy.
Here are 5 ways I help patients naturally adapt to the time change. You can book a visit with Dr. Stanclift find out which ones are appropriate for you individually.
- Get More Sunlight - Most of us are aware that we can make Vitamin D with sun exposure, but did you know bright light can also inhibit the sleep hormone melatonin? This is really important when adjusting to time changes from the seasons, and from jet lag.
- Hot/Cold Contrast Showers - This one gets me a lot of skeptical looks from patients when I suggest it. It takes some bravery to try the first few times, but most people learn to love it! In the morning turn the shower to as warm as you can tolerate for 3 minutes, then switch to cold for 10-30 seconds. Do this two more times, ending on cold before you get out and dry off. It sounds crazy, but it's invigorating. I always suggest easing into this, and being careful when switching to cold - humans have a "dive reflex" when cold water hits our face/chest that calms the heart rate and can make some people feel unstable.
- B-Vitamins - These are some of my favorite nutrients for dealing with the stress of our crazy busy lives and time changes. These can be taken orally by most people, or can be given in a B-Vitamin Shot. I always recommend using the active forms of B-vitamins, as I've observed my patients have much more robust responses to them.
- Adaptogenic Herbs - This is a category of herbs that help our body adapt to stress. They can be amazing, but should be prescribed based on the individual and dosed properly for best results. The great thing is each herb carries a portfolio of effects, some offer more help with concentration, while others can improve immunity, and sleep. These include herbs like Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, Siberian Ginseng, Korean Ginseng, and American Ginseng.
- IV Nutrient Drips - These are some of the most effective treatments for my patients. By delivering nutrients directly to the blood stream we can get much higher absorption and dosages than when taken orally or in a shot. This means stronger, and faster results. Many patients like to get an IV Nutrient Drip before or after a big trip, at the onset of a cold, or when they have a chronic illness. For patients with chronic illnesses that affect their digestion, these can be especially helpful as they don't rely on absorption from the digestive tract.
- Michael Stanclift, N.D.