Daylight Saving Time means a lot of great things – more sunshine, warmer weather and longer days. But “Spring Forward” also means losing an hour of sleep too. It can be a hard transition on our bodies, so here are few great tips to help make it a little bit easier.
Understand Your Sleep Schedule: If you know how much sleep you need to function at your best self, you can slowly adjust your schedule to make sure you don’t feel the hour loss. If you need eight hours of sleep at night, slowly start going to bed earlier – and waking up earlier – the week before Daylight Saving Time takes place. Starting with 15 minutes and going up to an hour before you typically go to sleep and wake up. This will help your circadian rhythm reset without such an abrupt change.
Start A Winding Down Routine: A few hours before you need to be asleep, start winding down from the day with some calming activities. Reading a book, drinking some decaf herbal tea (a detoxifying tea works great at night), or using a soothing face mask like City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer are all examples of gentle ways to slow down. Also, try to avoid technology – the blue light exposure from screens like cell phones, computers or televisions is interpreted by the brain as daylight and hinders the release of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Prepare For The Next Day The Night Before: One of the quickest ways to make mornings easier is to prepare the night before. Preparing your meals, laying out your outfit and packing up purses, briefcase and backpacks, are simple tasks that can be taken care of before you go to sleep and help relieve some of the stress of your morning routine.
Create A Sleep-Friendly Environment: Making sure that your bedroom promotes healthy sleep is important. Does your mattress support you in the way you need? Do your curtains block out or let in as much light as you desire? Is the temperature too hot or too cold? Do your pets, spouse or children hog the bed? All of these things can add up to whether you sleep well at night, or wake up on the wrong side of the bed in the morning. Make the necessary adjustments to ensure a proper and healthy night’s sleep, every day of the year.
It’s not just sleep that can be a hard transition during the Daylight Saving Time change, but the mornings as well. To make waking up easier, have a routine that you look forward to. Taking some “you” time to eat a healthy breakfast, write in a journal, or do some light exercise like meditation (which can be done in just ten minutes) are fantastic wellness rituals to begin the morning with. Having motivating reasons to get out of bed, instead of hitting the snooze button, can help start your day out on the right foot.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars – Daylight Saving Time takes effect on Sunday, March 12th.