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Don't let Daylight Savings Time disrupt your sleep pattern

(NC) The return of Daylight Savings Time brings about longer days. It also serves as an important reminder that the cold and dark days of winter are coming to an end and spring is just around the corner. With the time change, however, our bodies may experience an abrupt change in sleep pattern, similar to jet-lag. People who suffer from insomnia are particularly vulnerable to the unwanted effects of setting our clocks forward.

Sleep experts urge Canadians to prepare for the springtime change by adjusting sleep and wake times. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) also suggests several ways you can prevent a disruption in your sleep routine.

“Getting enough quality sleep by maintaining a healthy sleep pattern is a vital part of leading a healthy lifestyle,” says Helen Sherrard, president of CHFA. “Fortunately, there are many safe and effective natural health products that can help to improve your sleep.”

A recently published study indicates that consumption of tart cherry juice concentrate by healthy individuals increases the levels of melatonin in the body and improves the amount and quality of sleep. Melatonin is nature's own sleep aid. This hormone regulates the sleep-wake cycle by causing drowsiness, reducing body temperature and increasing total sleep time. Taking a melatonin supplement is a great and natural way of ensuring your sleep routine is not disrupted and that you get the necessary rest.

Valerian has also been found to improve overall sleep quality by inducing a deeper sleep. By being linked to circadian rhythms, magnesium is also a great natural sleep booster that will improve your total sleep time.

Whenever you are adding a new supplement to your regime, it's always important to talk to a health care practitioner. To learn more and discover other natural health tips, visit chfa.ca

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