As much as I love longer days and sunshine into the evenings, I loathe changing the clocks forward. I never get used to losing that hour of sleep, and it throws me off for a few days afterwards. So if you’re dragging today because of the spring forward, we’ve got a few tips for energy!
6 Tips for Energy After the Spring Forward
1. Get your daily dose of vitamin D. The connection between mood disorders and vitamin D deficiency is well-established. A study at the University of Newcastle in Australia tested the effects of supplemental vitamin D intake versus a placebo in a group of healthy subjects in late winter. The subjects receiving vitamin D had a dramatic improvement in mood scores versus the placebo group.
“The two best ways to get the vitamin D you need are to get adequate sun exposure (15 to 30 minutes per day) or to take a good vitamin D supplement,” says Dr. John Cuomo.
One to try: USANA’s Vitamin D supplement; www.usana.com
2. Incorporate fitness into your daily regimen. The National Sleep Foundation recently released reports that increasing regular exercise levels will lead to a better night’s sleep and provide long-term health benefits to the body. Countless other health authorities recommend incorporating fitness into your routines.
One to try: Celsius to get you energized and motivated before your workout.
3. Up your zinc intake to prevent energy drain and stave off that winter cold. According to a study published in the American Society for Microbiology, zinc gluconate lozenges were tested in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, clinical trial as a possible treatment for common colds. Zinc lozenges were found to shorten the average duration of common colds by about seven days and up energy levels significantly.
One to try: Cold-EEZE Daytime/Nighttime QuickMelts
4. Stay focused. According to The American Nutrition Association, including essential amino acid L-tryptophan into the body has been found to play a critical role in optimal mental activity, increasing focus, altering mood, maintaining good sleep and regulating food intake.
One to try: Girl Uninterrupted, an all-natural approach for women to gain tryptophan
5. Add 30 minutes of activity to your day. The American Heart Association, as well as countless other health authorities, recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise three times a week for a total of 1.5 hours of exercise per week. That’s only 1.33 percent of your total week!
A program to try: Daily Burn
6. Take a 10-minute timeout. According to Dr. David Sack, addiction psychiatrist and CEO of Promises Treatment Center, taking a 10-minute timeout can free your mind and prevent your mind from getting fatigued.
How are you faring with the time change? Feeling the effects, or is it no big deal? —Erin