“Jet Lag” Due To Time Zone Changes: Tips And Advice From A Sleep Expert

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A well-known sleep expert has provided tips on dealing with “jet lag.” This effect is due to changing clocks or time zone changes.

On Sunday 31st October, the clocks were set back by one hour at 2 am. It means that sleep time has been extended by an hour.

Among the negative effects of the clocks changing is the early sunset, and thus, darkness sets in by around 4 pm.

According to the reports of The Mirror, “the clock changes can have similar effects to jet lag,” in the opinion of a sleep expert.

Professor Kevin Morgan, a sleep expert of Loughborough University, states that the clocks changing in autumn and spring affects our biological rhythms and impacts our health.

Sleep is closely correlated with our circadian rhythm – it works in response to daylight to maintain awakeness during the day. During the night, it promotes the production of melatonin that helps us in getting asleep. Melatonin is a hormone that promotes sleep.

During British Summer Time, many people seem to want to stay in the UK.

A survey by CBD brand Love Hemp found that 59 per cent of respondents preferred the lighter nights of permanent summertime.

For Halloween this year, Love Hemp has chosen five popular TikTok trends to help our bodies reset as we sleep.

TikTok Tips For Better Night Sleep

Sleep With Socks On

Dr Jess Andrade, a paediatrics resident, said that socks keep the body cool and signal your body when it is time to go to sleep. Tiktok has 3.5 million followers on this advice, so you should give it a shot.

Avoid Light Sources

Do you remember the role that melatonin plays in our circadian rhythms? Dr Andrade suggests you avoid using a laptop or phone, especially right before going to sleep, to improve melatonin production.

Practice 4-7-8 Breathing Technique

The Sleep Doctor, Dr Bruce on TikTok, suggests breathing in for four counts and holding for seven, then exhaling for eight in a video with 1.4m views. As a result, it enables your lungs to expel any carbon dioxide, allowing fresh air to enter your system and reducing the workload on your heart. Therefore, you are more likely to fall asleep more quickly.

Take A Snack To Maintain Glucose Levels  

Andy Jay, a TikTok health expert, suggests eating a sugary or fatty snack before bed so that your glucose levels stay stable. It, in turn, avoids melatonin levels dropping around 3 am or 4 am, which could cause you to wake up. TikTok viewers endorse late-night snacking as medically-approved with 1.2 million views.

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