Some people just naturally adjust to daylight savings time. But others may not be so fortunate and may suffer quite a bit during the switch to Daylight Saving Time. Thankfully, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers several approaches to improve sleep, even during the spring forward daylight saving time change.
Here are some tips to prepare:
1. Adjust your sleep schedule gradually.
In the days leading up to the daylight saving time change, gradually shift your sleep schedule earlier by 15 minutes each night. This will help your body adjust to the new time gradually.
Acupuncture can help regulate the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle and promote relaxation. It may also help relieve stress and anxiety, which can interfere with sleep.
3. Herbal remedies.
Certain herbs such as chamomile, valerian root, and passionflower have been traditionally used to promote relaxation and sleep. You can try drinking herbal tea or taking supplements containing these herbs.
4. Dietary adjustments.
In TCM, certain foods are believed to have properties that can improve sleep. For example, warm milk, honey, and nuts are all believed to have a calming effect on the body and may promote relaxation.
It’s important to note that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you’re struggling with sleep issues, talk to Dr. Mike! Come in for an acupuncture appointment.