This Sunday begins Daylight Savings Time, which means we spring our clocks forward and prepare for an extra hour of sunlight. Rejoice! This is our first official sign that spring is just around the corner. While the start of a new, more vibrant season brings much excitement, the shifted time can leave us feeling unrested and drowsy for days afterward.
Our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, has a few tips to help adjust to the time change while focusing on making you feel your best.
Make Sleep a Priority. When Daylight Savings comes into play, we tend to see individuals get less sleep and feel the impact of the change quickly. Sleep is crucial when it comes to the body, especially when it experiences aches and pains. While we sleep, our body is hard at work repairing muscles and more to improve our overall wellbeing.
During this time of transition, it’s imperative to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Focus on a nightly routine to help relax. A few yoga moves can offer you both relief from joint pain and a more restful night’s sleep.
Take It Outside. Now that spring is slowly making its appearance, it’s the perfect time to take your exercise routine outdoors. Not only does regular movement keep joints strong and alleviate any tension, taking it outside can help your body adjust with the time change. Soaking up the natural light can help with your wake-sleep cycle, meaning you’ll feel energized during the day and tired at bedtime.
Enjoying a walk outside is an ideal way to get started with moving your joints and taking in the sunny rays. If you’re looking for additional ways to get moving, we have a few ideas here.
Enjoy Seasonal Fruits & Veggies. While adjusting to the clock being an hour ahead can at times be challenging, we should continue to follow a healthy diet. One of the great things about this season of freshness and new life is that it brings delicious produce that will help fuel the body. Not only are they tasty, but certain ones like lefty greens and berries also come jam-packed with anti-inflammatory properties.
To help with joint swelling, try a salad that incorporates produce like broccoli, cabbage, and/or kale. If you’re looking to reduce pain and reap anti-inflammatory benefits, snack on fruits like pineapple and strawberries.
The feeling of lethargy doesn’t last long, but preparing your body both before and after Daylight Savings Time will keep you on the move and doing the things you love. What are you looking forward to doing this season?
If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.