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Daylight Savings Time – How to Cope with Side Effects
November 01, 2016  |  Oral Health Care

Daylight Savings Time – How to Cope with Side Effects

Winter is just around the corner – time to break out the sweaters, get ready for snow and set the clocks back for Daylight Savings Time – Sunday, November 6th. While the days get shorter, let’s prepare for the unwanted side effects to our health.

Here are some of the Side Effects and how to cope with them….


Shorter Days mean less Sunlight and Vitamin D.


Vitamin D, or the “sunshine” vitamin, is essential for healthy, strong bones – and teeth. You get less sunshine in the winter and your body makes less vitamin D on it’s own. Try taking a multi – vitamin containing Vitamin D. Many dairy products and juices are also fortified with Vitamin D. Be careful to not drink too much juice as it has a lot of sugar and that can cause cavities. Brush your teeth after drinking the juice.

Waking up when it’s still dark.


When your alarm clock goes off and it feels like the middle of the night, there’s a good chance you will be groggy in the morning. An easy fix is switching on a bright light to simulate sunlight. Yoga, Exercise and a high protein breakfast can also jumpstart your energy for the day.

Combat the winter blues.


Many people may feel gloomy in the winter, possibly because  reduced sunlight disrupts daily body rhythms. Here are a few tricks to keep spirits high:

  1. Catch rays. Take advantage of any sunny days in the forecast. If it’s cold, sit by the window and let them beam down on you.

  2. Get exercise. Swimsuits may seem a lifetime away, but don’t skip your normal routine. Get moving and get the blood flowing. This is good for your health and your mind.

  3. Eat healthy. Skip refined, processed foods ( the usual suspects: sugar, rice, white bread) which cause mood swings and zap energy.


Eventually, your body will adjust, and maybe you will even love waking up to watch the sun rise!

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  • That we are paying close attention to the evolving CDC guidelines and will continue to make our practice safe for all those we are honored to serve.
  • Our team has worked diligently to make sure that all social distancing requirements are in place, so that every patient can come back to care with confidence.
  • Your dental health is important and impacts your overall health and we are committed to supporting each and every one of you as we return to full services beyond emergency care.
  • Our hygienists have streamlined their protocols, so that patients can return to their continuing care intervals, which are key in maintaining health and well-being.
  • We will continue to post updates, as well as tips to keep you healthy during these unprecedented times on our Facebook Page Westhilldentalappleton. We invite you to join the conversation!

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