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Novus Beginning Psychiatry

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Sugar Land

120 Eldridge Rd Suite D, Sugar Land, TX 77478​

Katy

23410 Grand Reserve Dr Suite 401, Katy, TX 77494

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Illuminating the Mental Health Impacts of Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward by an hour during the summer months and then turning them back again in the fall. This is done to use natural daylight more efficiently. We gain an hour in November to have more daylight in the mornings, while we lose an hour in March to have more daylight in the summer evenings. The fall season started on September 23rd this year in the Northern Hemisphere, which was the day of the autumnal equinox.

This year, on November 5th at 2 a.m. local time, we will turn our clocks back by an hour. This time change happens twice every year and affects almost everyone in the United States, except for a few exceptions. 

In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of daylight saving time from March to November. Daylight Saving Time always begins on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November.

Why does daylight saving time disrupt our body, sleep, and mental health?

Studies indicate that the act of adjusting our clocks bi-annually can result in a range of health implications. Among the two seasonal shifts, moving the clock forward by one hour can cause more disturbance to our bodies. This alteration of one hour can disrupt our circadian rhythms, which are our body’s internal clock. These natural 24-hour cycles regulate important functions such as appetite, mood, and sleep.

Circadian rhythms are largely influenced by the amount of light we get exposed to. The hour transition in the spring initially causes darker mornings and lighter evenings. This can affect our mood as we may receive less light in the morning, which can decrease the hormone levels that make us feel happy, called serotonin. On the other hand, exposure to light later in the evening can make it harder to fall asleep as it delays the production of the hormone that helps us sleep, called melatonin.

Adjusting to the new time after Daylight Saving Time can be challenging for many people. During the first few days or even a week, individuals may experience difficulty in going to bed earlier or waking up later than usual, which can lead to sleep deprivation. According to a study, on the Monday following DST, the average person gets 40 minutes less sleep than on other nights of the year.

Disrupted sleep can cause fatigue, grogginess, and lack of focus. DST-related poor sleep can worsen depression, anxiety, and SAD.

Mental Health During DST

Daylight saving shifts are more disruptive than jet lag.

Have you ever felt groggy or tired when the clocks change twice a year? Well, you’re not alone. These changes can actually affect your sleep more than traveling across different time zones. Surprisingly, when we travel, our brains can adjust to the new time zone, but they can’t do it instantly when the time changes. So, to prepare for daylight savings, try to get as much natural sunlight as possible. This will help your body’s natural clock adjust to the new time. Remember, it takes time to adjust to a time shift, so try to give yourself as much time as possible to prepare.

Tips on how to manage your mental health during DST

Managing your mental health and ensuring consistent sound sleep during Daylight Saving Time (DST) can be challenging due to the shift in your daily schedule. Here are some tips to help you adapt and maintain your well-being:

  1. Gradual Adjustment: Start adjusting your sleep schedule a few days before Daylight Saving Time begins or ends. Gradually shift your bedtime and wake-up time by 15-30 minutes daily until you’re aligned with the new time.
  2. Maintain a Consistent Schedule: Stick to a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends. Going to bed and waking up simultaneously every day helps regulate your body’s internal clock.
  3. Limit Naps: If you need to nap, keep them short (20-30 minutes) and early in the day to prevent them from affecting your nighttime sleep.
  4. Create a Sleep-Conducive Environment: Make your bedroom comfortable and conducive to sleep. Ensure it’s dark, quiet, and at a comfortable temperature.
  5. Get Exposure to Natural Light: Spend time outside during daylight hours, especially in the morning. Exposure to natural light helps regulate your body’s internal clock and improves sleep.
  6. Wind Down: Engage in calming activities in the evening, such as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques.
  7. Seek Professional Help: If you continue to struggle with sleep or experience significant mental health issues, consider speaking to a psychiatrist for guidance and support.

Remember that adjusting to the time change during DST can take time, and it’s essential to be patient with yourself. The key is to be consistent with your routines and prioritize sleep and mental health. If you find that your sleep or mental health problems persist, consult a healthcare professional for more personalized guidance.

Tips on how to manage your mental health during DST

Novus Beginning Psychiatry: Your Path to Health and Wellness Starts Here!

We understand that navigating the complexities of mental health can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Novus Beginning Psychiatry, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Whether you’re seeking therapy, medication, or a combination of both, our compassionate professionals are dedicated to helping you find the path to a happier, healthier life.

Our highly skilled psychiatrists are experienced in a wide range of mental health conditions, including anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, ADHD, autism, and more. We offer evidence-based therapies that have been proven effective in helping individuals overcome their challenges. From cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to couples/family therapy, we utilize the most up-to-date techniques to empower you on your healing journey.

We also recognize that medication is vital in managing certain psychological health conditions. Our team includes Dr. Nibras, who is a board-certified psychiatrist well-versed in medication management. He works closely with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan, as we believe in the power of personalized care.

So, take the first step towards a brighter future. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff is ready to assist you in finding a convenient time to meet with our dedicated professionals. Call (832)856-4718 and let us help you take charge of your mental well-being.

Medication Management For Psychiatric Wellness

At Novus Beginning Psychiatry, we’re dedicated to helping you unlock the power of effective medication management. Our team of psychiatrists has years of experience and understands the importance of finding the right balance for your mental health journey. We offer personalized and compassionate care, creating medication plans that are tailored to your unique needs. Our understanding of psychopharmacology allows us to provide the most advanced and evidence-based treatments available. 

Our goal is to help you by providing the right medications to enhance your therapy outcomes, reduce your symptoms, and improve your overall well-being. We want to be your trusted partner on the path to a brighter future. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Novus Beginning Psychiatry to experience the transformative effects of our comprehensive medication management approach.

Who is Dr. Nibras?

Dr. Sohail Nibras is a double board-certified psychiatrist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He completed his education at Saint Louis University and the American University of Integrative Science. He excels in treatments based on psychiatric care and therapeutic sessions and has experience treating dual psychiatric and substance use disorders. He is an assistant professor at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He serves as an attending psychiatrist at Texas Children’s Hospital. He trains future psychiatrists and engages in scholarly research projects.

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We’re here to help in Texas, ready to meet you in person. If you’re unable to make it in person, don’t worry, we’re also available online, so you can meet us easily from the comfort of your own home. Whether you prefer to see us face-to-face or connect with us online, we’re here to assist you every step of the way.

Address in Sugar Land

120 Eldridge Rd Suite D, Sugar Land, TX 77478

Address in Katy

23410 Grand Reserve Drive, Ste. 401 & 402 Katy, Texas 77494

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