This Sunday morning we lose out on a precious hour of sleep as we turn the clocks forward! Yes, it’s that time of the year. We might lose an hour of sleep, however the days are getting a little longer.
For some people, losing an hour doesn’t seem like much….BUT some of us can suffer from the impact.
Did you know that the Monday morning after we spring forward, the number of car crashes increases? And, more people have heart attacks or get injured at work.
Why? Because it can take several days to get your internal clock back on track.
Here are a few tips to help you adapt to the time change:
- Anticipate the shift. Try going to bed a little earlier leading up to the time change.
- Get more sleep: You don’t want to be sleep-deprived ahead of these time shifts. Try to get some more sleep leading up to the time change.
- Skip the alcohol and caffeine
- Use sunlight to your advantage: pull back the curtains, and let the sunshine in.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine
- Limit your “blue light” exposure: Why? It will disrupt your sleep. This means no computers, TV and tablets at least two hours before bedtime.
- Avoid long naps: Power naps are alright, but anything longer will disrupt your sleep and delay the transition to the new time schedule.