This Sunday, March 12 marks the day we must move our clocks an hour forward. Losing one hour of sleep may not seem like a big deal, but it can really mess with our internal clock. Here are some tips to help prevent the effects of time change so you can enjoy the warming weather!
Go to Bed Early
Adjust to the time change right away by going to bed an hour early. If you can, try going to bed early one or two nights prior so your body is well adjusted. No one wants to start their week sleep deprived!
While alcohol may relax you and may even help you fall asleep quicker, it also reduces rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is the most restorative sleep. So even if you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep, the quality of sleep is significantly lower.
Many studies show that the blue light from our digital devices can affect the quality of our sleep. At least one hour before bed, put away all of your electronic devices and opt instead for reading a book or magazine. Dimming the lights will also help prepare you for snoozing, especially when it's a bit earlier than you're used to.
Keep it Cool
It’s no wonder our bodies are ready for sleep at night time when it’s typically cooler. When your body temperature is cooler, it initiates sleepiness. Set your thermostat between 60 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep conditions.
Adjust the Timing of Your Meals
Especially dinner. Going to bed on a full stomach may make you sleepy at first, but it can disrupt your sleep throughout the night. Try to eat dinner about two hours before bedtime to prevent any digestive discomfort in the middle of the night.