Did Daylight Savings wreak havoc on your sleep? While the longer daylight hours are welcome, the dark mornings can make it seem like you’re getting up in the middle of the night. It takes time for our bodies to adjust. Don’t despair. There are plenty of things you can do to help ease the transition of the time change. Here are our top tips to surviving Daylight Savings:
- Amp Up Your Bedtime Routine – If you’ve been going, going, going, take some time to improve your bedtime routine and work on relaxing. Take a warm bath, drink a cup of tea, and read a good book. All of these things will help your body unwind.
- Avoid Electronics – At least an hour before bed, turn off the TV, put away your computer and leave your iPad and smart phone outside the bedroom. Studies suggest that the blue light emitted from these devices can suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
- Limit Alcohol and Caffeine – Both of these can inhibit sleep, so you should avoid them in the hours before bed. This is contrary to what many believe. But even if that nighttime glass of wine or beer makes you feel sleepy, it can lead to disruptive sleep throughout the night, causing you to wake up feeling groggy.
- Open the Blinds – It’s going to get light later, so you’ll need all the help you can get. If you’re used to sleeping with the blinds entirely closed, consider opening them a bit right before going to bed, so you’re not waking up in total darkness. Once you get up, open all the blinds and let the light in. Immediate sun exposure can help your body acclimate to the time change more quickly.
- Give Yourself Extra Time – For the first few days after the clocks change, there are going to be people out there who forgot. They will be rushing around like crazy trying to make up for lost time. Some of them will be driving and likely speeding to their destinations. Leave early and give yourself some extra time.
- Confirm Appointments – If you have meetings and appointments on Monday morning, it would be wise to confirm the time and perhaps give a gentle reminder of the time change. No one wants to be an hour early for these things.
- Enjoy Spring – If it’s felt like a long winter and you’ve been dragging, daylight savings can literally feel like a breath of fresh air. Spring is here. Enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours!