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Does Daylight Savings Time Upset Your Bipolar Balance?

My wife hates Daylight Savings Time. Whether we’re springing forward, as we did this past Sunday, or falling back, it usually upsets her circadian rhythm just enough to trigger a chain reaction toward mania. Simply put, it throws her sleep pattern out of whack.

While she’s waiting for her circadian clock to reset, she usually ups her dose of melatonin and uses other sleep aids to “knock herself out.” She does a pretty good job of getting herself back on track, but it usually takes a week or two.

Does setting your clock ahead or back upset your mood balance? If so, what do you do, if anything, to deal with it?

Does Daylight Savings Time Upset Your Bipolar Balance?


Joe Kraynak


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Kraynak, J. (2010). Does Daylight Savings Time Upset Your Bipolar Balance?. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 24, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar/2010/03/does-daylight-savings-time-upset-your-bipolar-balance/

 

Last updated: 17 Mar 2010
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