Health tips for spring you can use now

Remember it’s Spring forward and Fall back to Daylight Saving Time. Your body will tell the difference until your sleep cycle adjusts; I know mine always does.

a clock with 3 tulips

Remember to Spring forward to Daylight Saving Time

Most of the United States will change to Daylight Saving Time on Sunday March 12, 2023. Every year it happens on the second Sunday in March.

So you will either go to bed an hour later than usual, or wake upan hour earlier (if you want to arrive at church on time.)

Either way, your body will tell the difference until your sleep cycle adjusts; I know mine always does.  WebMD offers these tips to make the change easier.

And if you have persistent problems with sleep, consider the tips in this post.

Expert advice to sleep well every night.

a bed with ornate headboard
photo by Dr. Aletha- at the Hemingway House, Key West, Florida

Welcome Spring

We will welcome the  first day of Spring, March 20,  in the northern hemisphere, with the occurrence of the vernal equinox. The amount of daylight we enjoy will continue increasing until the summer solstice, the day with the most hours of sunlight.

An equinox occurs when a planet’s subsolar point passes through its Equator. The equinoxes are the only time when both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres experience roughly equal amounts of daytime and nighttime.

This National Geographic link explains what vernal equinox means.

graphic of the earth explaining equinox and solstice
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At this link, I tell you how to stay safe and well this spring and summer.

blooms on a dogwood tree blooming in the spring
In Oklahoma, dogwood trees bloom in the spring.

exploring the HEART of health through spring and summer

Are you looking forward to spring as much as I am? Where I live we enjoy warmer, sunnier days in the spring but also contend with thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes. Maybe the weather is turning colder where you live, or you live where the climate is mostly the same year round. Is your area prone to blizzards, hurricanes, or tropical storms?

Either way, our environment significantly affects our health and the way we live, so paying attention to what’s happening is one way we can explore healthy and safe lifestyles.





Author: Aletha Cress Oglesby, M.D.

As a family physician, I explore the HEART of HEALTH in my work, recreation, community, and through writing. My blog, Watercress Words, informs and inspires us to live in health. I believe we can turn our health challenges into healthy opportunities. When we do, we can share the HEART of health with our families, communities, and the world. Come explore and share with me.

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