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Wellbody Tip: 6 Ways To Reset Your Body Clock

“Without enough sleep, we all become tall 2-year-olds.” — JoJo JensenLeafClock

Time to reset our body clocks as we “fall back” and gain an hour of sleep early Sunday morning. This disruptive semi-annual time change, though not as annoying as when we lose an hour of sleep come spring, offers a chance to assess and tune-up sleep patterns for fall.

Why is healthy sleep hygiene so important? And how can we do better at getting the sleep we need? 

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you risk damaging memory, learning, creativity, productivity, emotional stability and physical health. You’re also more vulnerable to cancer, diabetes, weight gain, colds and flu and car accidents!

Motivated to get more sleep? Here are some creative and common-sense tips from Huffington Post and Sparkpeople.com on dealing with the time change – everything from creating a fake sunset at home to resetting your clock one hour early on FRIDAY evening. (Eat meals, go to bed and get up an hour earlier starting Friday night, but be careful not to get confused by your "early clock" when you're heading to  Saturday engagements.)

And, as usual, exercise helps. Preferably outdoors, preferably early in the day, preferably in bright light. Exercise increases the heart rate and triggers the release of serotonin, a chemical that not only helps you feel good, but also helps your body adjust its circadian rhythms.

Find out how much sleep is enough depending on how old you are. Read more about sleep research on Wellbody Blog.  And Visit Wellbody Academy's Slumbertorium for more sleep tips and fun facts. (You'll love the Rube Goldberg-like Sleep Machine!)

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