We all know that Daylight Savings Time can turn our sleep habits upside down. Waking up late for work, dragging our heels around 3 pm, feeling like it’s midnight at 8:30 pm—sound familiar?
We’ve got you covered this year for how to stay ahead of the curve and make the most out of the time change.
- Commit to sleep! Yes- a commitment to getting 7-8 hours of sleep. Use the time that you need to wake up and count backward, giving yourself, if you will, a proper adult bedtime. Stick to it and in a week's time, you’ll actually be tired when it’s time.
- Make a plan! Even though the clocks don’t change until the weekend, start prepping now! Head to bed 15-20 minutes earlier than usual. Also take some personal inventory of your sleep space by making sure it’s nice and dark, cool and quiet. About an hour before bedtime, switch gears into relaxation rituals like reading or taking a warm bath.
- Put yourself on a sleep diet! We’re not telling you to cut the carbs and switch to salads- although it couldn’t hurt. The way you eat and drink can seriously affect your zzz’s. Digestion can keep you up at night so make sure to finish dinner and any snacks 2-3 hours before bed. Avoid any stimulants like coffee or alcohol so you’re not fighting sleep time from the inside. Smoking too – the way your body processes nicotine can also be a leader in interrupting sleep. Be good to your body and it will be good to you in the middle of the night.
We know, setting those clocks back can make you feel like you’re being robbed of precious day light, but if you start now, this year could be the firtst year you roll into fall refreshed and ahead of the game. The magic happens November 5th this year so take these tips, fluff those pillows and get ready to rock daylight savings time!