Daylight Savings is coming to an end! While the upcoming extra hour of sleep may seem like a gift, any change in your body clock can have an impact on your sleep and overall health. Here are some tips to help your body adjust to the time change!
Start preparing early.
If you find it hard to stay up later than you feel like you should, try staying up a little later each night leading up to the time change. This way, your body has time to adjust to the change and you will be able to fall and stay asleep like any other night. Making little changes leading up the time change can make it more natural for your body.
Consider when to change your clocks.
Most people decide to set their clocks back the night before the time change in order to get an extra hour of sleep. However, this might not work for some people, especially if an extra hour of sleep may disturb your set routine. Consider not making any changes to your clock until you wake up the next morning. This will give you an extra hour to get ready or relax over breakfast, without disturbing your sleep schedule.
Avoid exercise, caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
All three of these things can disrupt your body’s ability to sleep well. It’s a good idea to avoid these things close to bedtime. A small cup of coffee or tea in the morning, however, may be a good thing and may help get you going after a time change.
Prepare your kids.
Young children may have a difficult time adjusting to a time change. Adjusting their nap schedules gradually over a couple days may help when the time change occurs.
Maybe it’s already too late to plan ahead. Maybe you’re feeling groggy and tired, even after an “extra” hour of sleep. A little caffeine may help, along with getting plenty of sunlight throughout the day to keep your circadian rhythms on track. Don’t worry if you still feel a little off for a couple of days. Your body needs time to adjust. Take it slow and you’ll adjust soon!