Can’t Sleep? Get Help From Sleep Disorders Treatment

Daylight-saving time (DST) begins on Nov. 5, 2023. It was originally instituted to save energy and take greater advantage of natural daylight hours, However, the idea of “fast time” was first introduced in 1918. Unfortunately, it can have adverse effects on people.

Circadian Rhythm

Sometimes called bio-rhythms, it’s the body’s natural tendency to sleep and be awake at specific times. When your internal clock is at odds with what time it actually is, it can make you feel awake at night and tired during the morning hours.

Decreased Serotonin Levels

Less light in the morning results in lower levels of serotonin, a hormone that aids in making you alert or preparing for sleep. It also helps regulate body temperature and a sense of happiness. You may experience feelings of less happiness and chilliness.

Mental Health

If you have an existing mental health condition, DST can exacerbate symptoms. Seasonal affective disorder is common during time changes. DST can also affect those more prone to depression or anxiety. During DST, you may find it more difficult to concentrate. You may also feel less motivated or become more withdrawn.

Mood and Sleep Disruption

Adequate sleep and your mood are closely intertwined. DST disrupts your normal schedule and it can be extremely difficult for some people to adjust.

Self-Care for DST

There are some self-care measures that you can take to help compensate for the effects of daylight-saving time. Exercise is a great way to help counteract the effects of the time change. It’s equally important to maintain a healthy diet. DST can prompt you to seek comfort foods that promote weight gain.

Therapy Can Help

A therapist can help you understand the symptoms and ramifications of DST. He or she can also suggest coping mechanisms. It’s important to know that you’re not alone. Many people encounter difficulties to lesser or greater degrees during the switch over to daylight saving time.


Southcoast Psychiatric Services

Are you struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of hopelessness, relationship problems, or other pressures of life? Don’t suffer in silence. The doctors and therapists of Southcoast Psychiatric Services can help. Caring, compassionate, and completely confidential, our services are provided by highly-experienced, licensed, and board-certified healthcare professionals, dedicated to improving your health and wellness.

Whether you require medical treatment, counseling/psychotherapy, or both, we are happy to offer the best care available – at your convenience.

Call us anytime @ (561) 241-6628 Because you don’t have to suffer in silence.