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September 2015 Newsletter

Something has just dawned on us (me) here at Integrative Osteopathy - our newsletters lag a month. October's newsletter should probably be sent at the start of October, not the end. The way things are going, with this being a week and a day late, October's newsletter will probably be coming out around the same time we're closing up for Christmas.

On the theme of timing and being late, let's talk about daylight saving for a minute. Some of you might have experienced an almost jet lag response to the changing of our clocks one hour forward as spring/summer approaches.

Last month's newsletter touched on the importance of sunlight in relation to the production of Vitamin D, which isn't really a vitamin, but rather a hormonal precursor.

One other important effect of light is the impact it has on our circadian rhythm. Circadian has latin roots, 'circa' meaning around and 'dies' meaning day - hence, "the rhythm around our day".

Our body is regulated by light to a high degree: this is why we get sleepy at night and wake in the morning. Exposure to changed light patterns will alter our metabolism and hormones. When the clocks went forward an hour, our bodies, used to a certain amount of light at our normal wake up time, are still in sleep mode. After a few days we adjust, but the disruption is enough to illustrate how sensitive we are to light.

And whilst, daylight saving is great (for most) in that it allows us more daylight at the end of our day when we mostly aren't working (especially great for the osteopaths out there who work until 8 or later most evenings), constant exposure to artificial light from screen devices (TVs, smartphones, computers and tablets as well as modern down-lights and LED headlights) can fool our body into thinking the sun is still out.

This is due to the blue light emitted from these screens; red light, as found in incandescent globes doesn't have the same effect. 

This constant exposure to excessive blue light, year round, throws our circadian rhythm out of whack!

Our metabolism doesn't get out of "summer storage" mode and our appetite and fat storage mechanisms are never turned down.

(In summer we eat more, move more and store more for the upcoming winter. In winter, whilst we crave energy dense meals as a response to the stress of darkness, we are actually in a hormonal setting that taps into our reserves more - our metabolism increases.)

So, with constant light exposure, we increase the stress response in the body, decrease our sleep quality and alter our metabolisms negatively.
There are a couple of ways around this. 
  1. Use apps that filter the blue light from your screens. f.lux is one example for PCs.
  2. Wear light filtering glasses/goggles. Not cool (unless Tom Ford has designed a pair), but neither is being unwell.


Latest From The Blog

There were no new blog posts this month. Instead, let's dig up one from the archives:

Learning about pain is one of the most important ways to manage it. Whether you suffer from infrequent headaches or constant back pain, the post above attempts to explain simply a very complex topic.

Updates From The Clinic

Starting this week, Nick will be available for consultations on Friday mornings, in addition to his usual hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

If you haven't had a treatment in a while, take advantage of this increased availability. As always, you can book online or call.

Click here to make an appointment.


Until next time, stay well.
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