Despite the controversy surrounding the need for day light savings, the time change is sure to affect your sleep. Waking up Monday morning might not be so easy for those of us who have to spring forward by moving our clocks up one hour.
Here are a few ideas to help you smooth the transition:
- Start early
Although the time change is scheduled for 2 a.m. Sunday morning, starting early may help. Reduce the disruption to your workweek and give yourself more time to adjust by resetting one of your clocks at the beginning of the weekend. Do your best to eat, sleep and wake according to that clock. Just make sure not to confuse activities and events for the wrong time.
Regular exercise releases chemicals and hormones our bodies need. Specifically, the release of serotonin in the brain helps us adjust to time and sleep changes. We recommend exercising outdoors and early in the day if possible. Try a brisk morning walk or jog.
Taking naps can be helpful in adjusting. However, try to avoid taking long naps especially late in the day. If you find yourself overwhelmingly tires around 3 p.m., try taking a walk around the block to help energize you for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid alcohol
The consumption of alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so just imagine the detriment it causes with adjusting to new sleep schedules. Avoid relying on a nightcap to fall asleep. You can learn more about natural sleep aids here.
- Lighten up
Your body’s circadian rhythm controls your sleep cycle. The right combination of light and dark helps you readjust and fall asleep more soundly and on your own. Brighten your mornings by opening up the shades. Try to spend at least 10 to 15 minutes outside during the day. Help your body wind down in the evening by dimming the lights.