Working With Change: Daylight Savings Time Tips

March 2nd, 2020 by

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It happens every year, yet Daylight Savings Time always manages to catch us all by surprise. In November, the clocks are pushed back, giving us a glorious extra hour of sleep for one Sunday. Then, come March, the clock springs forward an hour, and we’re left with an hour less of sleep. While this may seem like a small thing, going through your day with even an hour less of sleep can throw off not only your day but your entire sleep cycle. Instead of suffering after Daylight Savings Time, try these tips to be better adjusted this spring.

Catch Up On Sleep

If you’re already sleep-deprived, Daylight Savings Time is going to hit you even harder than it would if you had regularly been getting seven to nine hours a night. In the weeks leading up to the time change, make sure that you’re getting to bed on time to get the proper amount of sleep.

Use Light To Your Advantage

The brightness of your environment affects your sleep cycle more than you may realize. When you can, get outside early in the morning and soak up the sunshine. Come nighttime, be sure to dim your lights and avoid bright screens late in the day to signal to your body that it’s time to wind down and sleep.

Switch Up Your Evening Routine

Making a few simple changes to your routine can help you fall asleep easier, which many people struggle with when the time springs forward in March. Try limiting caffeine and other beverages in the hours leading up to bedtime, and think about avoiding evening workouts. Not everyone struggles to fall asleep after a nighttime workout, though, so pay attention to what your body is telling you and adjust accordingly.

More Sleep Tips

Sleep is one of the most important facets of your health, but good sleep can be hard to achieve in this busy day and age. If you find yourself struggling with sleep, try creating a peaceful sleep environment, using calming essential oils, and using mindfulness techniques to calm your mind as you’re drifting off.

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