By Kristi L.
“March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” “April showers, bring May flowers.” With our ever changing weather patterns this year certainly makes these sayings debatable. However…
In March we have a lot going on: March break for the kids, St. Patrick’s Day for the big kid, First day of spring and lastly the dreaded sleep depriving Daylight Saving Time (DST) March 12 2017.
DST affects your body clock. If you’ve ever noticed that you tend to feel energized and drowsy around the same times every day, you have your circadian rhythm to thank. What is it, exactly? Your circadian rhythm is basically a 24-hour internal clock that is running in the background of your brain and cycles between sleepiness and alertness at regular intervals. It’s also known as your sleep/wake cycle.
This is why it can feel a little harder to get out of bed on Monday morning after springing forward one hour on the Sunday night.
Studies show that there is an increase in both heart attacks and road accidents in the days immediately after the clocks are set forward one hour in the spring. In our sleep deprived society, the reason for this is believed to be that stress hormones may be released due to lack of sleep. These hormones increase inflammation, which can cause problems in people already at risk for heart attacks or strokes. Being tired can decrease productivity, concentration, and general well-being.
There have been no studies on the correlation of dental issues with Daylight Savings Time, but it seems logical that sleep deprivation induced increased inflammation added to the persistent inflammation of gums disease can’t be good in the long run. If you already have risk factors, pay special attention to oral hygiene around this time. It might be a good idea to schedule a regular dental checkup a week or two before Daylight Saving Time commences in the spring to address any issues you might have before the clocks click forward.
According to Science Daily, “Beginning in 2007, daylight savings time was extended by almost a month. This additional amount of daylight may also help extend the life and health of people’s teeth and bones. That’s because vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin,” is made by the body through casual and minimal sun exposure. Vitamin D is just as essential as calcium for healthy teeth and bones according to a paper that was published in the September issue of the Journal of Periodontology.”
So when Springing ahead this Sunday, March 12 remember to book your Spring Oral Health appointment with your Hygienist and also get those batteries changed in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Remember your oral health is but a window into your overall health and wellness!