Take a Qi Nap - Daylight Savings Time

Waking Up Energy Daylight Savings Time blog

I always look forward to the days getting longer....  

It signals that Spring is right around the corner. But I recently read Sleep Expert Matthew Walker’s book about his life’s research, How We Sleep. Data now proves that incidents of heart attacks, strokes, and fatal car accidents spike at the start of Daylight Savings Time.

This loss of one hour sleep plays havoc with our internal clock and has been associated with a 24% jump in heart attacks. The effects the shift are subtly present for weeks, like an increase in driving accidents caused by sleepy drivers, according to Matthew Walker.

"That's how fragile and susceptible your body is to even just one hour of lost sleep," sleep expert Matthew Walker, author of How We Sleep, told Business Insider.

And it’s more than a coincidence, as research shows the opposite is true when we turn back the clocks in the autumn, resulting in fewer heart attacks with 1 extra hour sleep.

And getting extra sleep is a blessing to your kidneys and the rest of your organs. Check out my Winter Tips for the Kidneys, which includes getting a good night's sleep. So pamper yourself today, take a Qi nap if you can, or get to bed extra early.

I also recommend practicing QiGong, focusing on tapping, rubbing, nourishing the body through our hands with self-massage. This week's World Wednesday Qigong on Facebook Live, I'll be demonstrating nourishing the body through tapping and patting the body systematically with intention. The 10-point Meridian Massage we practice is good for jet lag and daylight savings time. Click here to get a reminder for World Wednesday Qigong.

If you have any daylight savings time stories to share, please forward them to me to share them on our Facebook page.

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