Like it or not, daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 4th. Remember to set your clocks back and double-check times if you have to be somewhere that Sunday. While that “extra” hour of sleep sounds nice, many people have a hard time adjusting to the fact that it gets dark so early—those changes in light can take a toll on our mental and physical health.
Some common complaints are feeling fatigued, irritated, or sad. Many people complain of carb cravings or an increased desire to eat classic heavy comfort foods. Give yourself some time to adjust, but if after a couple weeks you notice you feel very depressed or just don’t feel like yourself, talk to your doctor about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression that tend to appear in fall and winter. Taking even small steps to feel more balanced can make a big improvement in your work and personal life. The Mayo Clinic has some helpful information on noticing the signs and adjustments you can make.