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Doctor gives tips on healthy habits to start after daylight saving ends

Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 11:47 AM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - As we all know the end of daylight-saving time marks shorter days and cooler weather. Turning our clocks back an hour can also have impacts on our health.

“People can find themselves feeling more tired, more depressed, more anxious during the winter months when there’s less sunlight so we need to make sure that we’re all accountable to each other,” said primary care physician Andy Dunn.

Dr. Dunn recommends keeping track of your feelings and moods in a journal. Whether that’s on your phone or hand written is up to you, but keeping track of those emotions may help you spot patterns or create better habits.

One way to make sure you’re getting enough vitamin-D is to take advantage of your lunch breaks and go out for daily walks. Supplementing with over-the-counter vitamins may also be beneficial if you can’t get outside.

“Vitamin-D, very, very important. It helps our immunity, it helps our moods, it helps our energy, so vitamin D is so important,” said Dunn.

When it comes to mood, readjusting your sleep after the time change can impact how you feel. According to Dr. Dunn, studies vary on the best way to switch your body clock after a time change. Some studies support a quick and strict adjustment to the change, while others support treating the time change the same way you would treat jet-lag.

“Whatever you know your body type to be, whether that’s a slow adjustment a couple of days or it’s immediately the next day make sure you do it in a healthy way, a way that doesn’t make your anxiety worse or even depression worse,” Dunn said.

There is a recorded uptick in alcohol consumption during winter months, Dr. Dunn emphasizes the importance of checking in on your friends and reaching out for help if you need it.

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