This is your friendly reminder to not forgot to set your clock up one hour tonight before going to bed. As daylight saving time begins tomorrow, at 2 am we will spring forward by one hour. It typically takes about a full 24 hours in order adjust to losing one hour of sleep.
The biggest adjustment is getting your internal clock back on track. Oh, and parents beware! It’s not just our internal clocks that need adjusting. Daylight savings time will also have an effect on your little ones, as they will need to get adjusted.
Tips on How to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time
Daylight saving time effects everyone differently. Some people adjust relatively quickly to the change. While, others can be left feeling groggy and irritable as a result of daylight saving time. We are living in a era where we all are generally struggling with sleep deprivation. It is crucial to acquire and practice good sleep hygiene in order to successfully conquer daylight saving time. Having good sleep hygiene has a major impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
As we all prepare to lose an hour of sleep, I have a few tips on how to prepare for daylight saving time.
- Get a head start on daylight saving time
- Stick to your schedule
- Do not take long naps
- Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
Get a head start on daylight saving time
In order to get a head start on daylight saving time, you must begin preparing early. This means at least a week in advance. I highly recommend that you start by going to bed early in 10-15 minute intervals leading up to daylight saving time. If you begin at least week prior, by the time you reach daylight saving time on Sunday you will have already adjusted to the lost hour.
Stick to your schedule
Remain consistent with your schedule. This includes your schedule for social gatherings, bed time, and exercise routines. Do not let daylight saving time change any of your daily routines. A benefit from daylight saving time that may help get you moving in the mornings is the sun coming up earlier. You can use the sun as a motivator. Before going to bed, open your curtains. When the sun rises, let the rays wake you up.
Do not take long naps
Taking long naps to make up for the lost hour will only result in you feeling more sluggish than before. If you are tired it is best to avoid naps. If you must take one, keep it short up to a 15 minute power snooze. Taking long extended naps can make it even more challenging to stick to your schedule in going to bed at your normal time. Ultimately, impairing your ability to get a full and goodnights sleep.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine are stimulants and can be very disruptive to your sleep. Making it harder to go to sleep and delaying the timing of your internal clock. Consuming these types of beverages four to six hours before bed can prohibit you from getting a quality goodnights rest and reduce your sleep time when you do fall asleep.
Create a bedtime routine
Bedtime routines are not just to be implemented with our little ones. It is just as important for adults to have a consistent bedtime and routine. It is even more important to stick to your bedtime routine during the week and on the weekends. By doing so, you will make it easier to adjust to daylight saving time when it does come around. Consistency is key!
Avoid intense workouts
Before bed it’s crucial to slow your body down. I do this by stretching and practicing yin yoga for 15-20 minutes before bed. Practicing yin yoga allows my body and breath to slow down, lowering my body temperature, making it easier to fall asleep. It is highly advised to avoid any type of intense workouts prior to bed. Raising your body temperature can make it challenging to fall asleep.
Put all electronic devices away
Put away your phone, computer, and tablets. The high intensity backlight from your electronic devices stimulates your brain and can interfere with your natural melatonin, which is a hormone that triggers your sleepiness. Tuck your devices away in a nightstand or in another room. Out of sight- out of mind. Another cool tool that I use is the do not disturb feature on my devices. The worst thing that can happen when trying to settle into bed is hearing a notification ping on your phone, or being disturbed by a unimportant call. Res assured with do not disturb you can always allow calls from repeated callers, in case of an emergency.
Read before bed
Reading is another healthy habit to add into your bedtime routine. Reading helps you and your muscles to relax. Another routine that slows and calms your breathing. Reading is a stress reducer and slowly winds me down after a long day. I always aim to read for at least 15 minutes, but often I barely can read for 5 minutes before closing my book.
I hope you found these tips helpful as your prepare for daylight saving time. I wish you the best with implementing healthy bedtime routines. How will you conquer daylight saving time? What will you do with your extra daylight each evening?
In our household we expect for spring weather to peak in the next few weeks to come. More daylight in the evening means more time to enjoy the great outdoors. I foresee spending more time at the park in the evenings with the kids. I am sure they will enjoy the extra daylight at the end of each day.
Daylight saving time is a friendly spring reminder that summer is only just around the corner.