Surviving the Time Change

Whether you sprung forward or fell back by an hour, daylight savings can cause some interruption in our sleeping patterns. Apply these simple tips to sleep better and feel better regardless of changes in the time.

time_sleep_SSleep with the sun
People who wake up closer to sunrise feel more energized throughout their day. Once you wake up, step outside and welcome the sunshine on your face. This burst of indirect light helps waken your eyes and sparks your natural energy.

Make a commitment
Commit to 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Watch the sunset, which may signal to your internal clock that night is coming, and begin unwinding with some relaxing activities around 8 p.m. Read a book or have a non-stressful convo with your significant other. Drift to sleep by 10:30 p.m.

Take your lunchtime vitamins
During your lunch break, take a few minutes to step outside and sit in the sun. Midday is the best time to absorb some natural Vitamin D from the sun. This may boost your energy throughout the afternoon.

Work it out during the day
Exercising during the day may help you sleep better at night. Working out can provide energy during the day and support natural rejuvenation during the night. Be sure to not workout within two hours of bedtime, the boost of energy will make it hard to fall asleep.

Take a little cat-nap
If the recent time change has you yawning by 2 p.m., take a little 20-minute nap. Be sure to not oversleep but a little rest in the middle of the day can revive you for the afternoon.

Build a sanctuary of comfort
It’s okay to spoil yourself when it comes to your bedroom. Evaluate your mattress and pillows for optimal comfort and support. Establish a cool and quiet atmosphere free of stress and distractions for the best sleep possible.

Sources: bettersleep.org and mnn.com.

 

 

 

 


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