This past weekend, most of us set our clocks back one hour to reflect the end of Daylight Savings for 2018. The US (except for Arizona) has been observing this annual time adjustment for a century and there have been many debates about the value of continuing this 100-year-old tradition. It’s amazing how much 60 minutes can affect our daily life. Many of us will feel sleepy, less alert, irritable or hungry at variable times during the week or two it may take for our bodies to adjust to the new time. This is due primarily to something called circadian rhythm. Our bodies naturally organize around sleep/wake or light/dark cycles. This cycle impacts important bodily functions, such as hormone release, digestion and temperature regulation. Our mood can also be deeply affected by this rhythm, as any parent of a newborn can attest. Police officers, firemen and healthcare workers know well the impact of working night shift and the effects it can have on the body. Certainly, some of us are more sensitive than others to these time changes and there are ways to ease our bodies into the new rhythm. Adjusting our bedtime and meal times by 30 minutes, continuing to get fresh air and exercise, although perhaps earlier in the day, can help to ease us over the hump of time changes. Here at Eldorado Family Health we have time for you. Call now for your appointment at 505-216-7772.