I have to admit that I am not a fan of daylight saving time. It really messes with my chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia pain. November and March are not months I look forward to for this reason.
Don’t get me wrong. I love watching the daffodils start showing their beautiful yellow selves, birds singing in the morning, and trees beginning to bud. I love everything about spring; it’s my favorite time of year … except for changing our clocks, and losing that precious hour of sleep.
Honestly, I feel the effects the very next day. As spring battles to leave winter behind, my body is just confused. Sadly, it takes weeks for my body to adjust. I’m aware that a consistent bedtime can make a difference, but I’ve never been able to manage that. Then you throw in the monkey wrench of losing an hour, and my FM fatigue goes off the charts.
I find it harder to get to sleep early enough. I keep adding 15 minutes to my sleep timer on my audiobook, because I am just not ready to fall asleep. Even if I wake later, my body is not fooled. It’s just another way to really mess with my FM and throw me off my game. Sigh.
There are constant pressure changes as we go from winter to spring, and my body is paying the price. I’m looking forward to April when my body begins to adjust.
I’m a fairly even-keeled person, but the time change makes me cranky. I mean, it’s disrupting my internal body clock and I’m not happy about that. On the positive side, days with more sunshine are a boon to our mental health. I absolutely LOVE the extra daylight.
So, I guess I’ll suck up the changes that throw me in a FM flare, and enjoy everything else about it. More daylight hours, tulips, daffodils, sweetly-singing birds, and being able to open my windows on warmer days.
How about you? How does daylight saving time affect your fibromyalgia?
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