It’s Time to ‘Fall Back’
When clocks “fall back” at the end of daylight-savings-time, people notice that their internal clock is off and sometimes feel disoriented. The good new is that this isn’t as bad as when we turn the clocks forward in the Spring, but it may take you and your family a few weeks to feel normal again. It’s a good time to think about whether your family is getting enough sleep.
Here are some suggestions:
- Diet: reduce your intake of sugar, gluten and dairy; if you’re an adult, take a pass on alcoholic beverages; eat more healthy fats, like avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds.
- Exercise: moderate exercise (30 minutes of brisk walking) at least three times a week, ideally at the same time each day.
- A regular sleep schedule. Not every adult needs 8 hours a night. How to know if you’ve hit your sweet=sleep spot: if at mid-morning you are feeling awake and alert, you’ve hit it.
- Kids need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night, a hour of physical activity, and no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time per day (and never before bedtime). This benefits brain power as well as general good health.
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