Daylight Savings Got You Snoozing?
Happy Daylight Saving! After Daylight Saving, mornings become a little darker, evenings become a little lighter, and your body's internal clock is suddenly out of synch with the rest of the world. It can take up to a week to adjust, which can leave you groggy in the daytime and not ready for bed in the night time.
Don't let that lost hour turn into a lost week. Here are 7 things you can do this week to nudge your internal clock forward, so you can spring back into action.
7 TIPS FOR BETTER SLEEP
1. GET SOME SUN
Sunlight causes your brain to stop producing melatonin—the body's sleep hormone—and start producing serotonin, your body's own all-natural wake up drug. A good dose of sunlight will help you wake up and reset your body's clock.
Studies show exercise helps us sleep longer and better. Exercise raises your body temperature and kick starts oxytocin production early so you're more alert—even if you're tired. Exercising in the morning can help reset your body's clock so you're sleepier at bedtime.
3. CAREFUL WITH THE CAFFEINE
Caffeine can definitely get you going and you're probably going to feel you need it more after losing an hour. However, its effects can linger in your body for up to six hours, so be careful with that 2nd (or 3rd) cup or you may be up half the night.
4. WIND DOWN EARLY
When your mind, body and bedtime aren't in synch, you need to give yourself more time to slow down and get ready for sleep. Destress with meditation or gentle yoga so your mind is clear when it's time for bed.
5. PUT A CORK IN IT!
Alcohol makes you drowsy, but it can degrade the quality of your sleep. Go easy on the vino tonight and dine on sleep-friendly foods like sweet potatoes, turkey and broccoli.
6. POWER DOWN
Screens flood your brain with the same serotonin-inducing light as the sun that wakes you up in the morning. Turn them off at least 30 minutes before bedtime so your brain can start creating melatonin and get your body ready for sleep.
7. CONSIDER A QUALITY WEIGHTED BLANKET
Safe, effective and 100% drug-free/side-effect-free, the DREAMality Weighted Blanket can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer so your body can catch up on lost sleep. It also simultaneously helps your body reset its sleep-wake cycle by promoting the release of melatonin using deep pressure touch stimulation to help speed up your adjustment to Daylight Saving if you travel!
DON'T LET THAT LOST HOUR TURN INTO A LOST WEEK!
Adjusting to the Daylight Saving time change and catching up on lost sleep comes down to focusing on what's important for your overall health. Prioritize going to bed on time, exercise, eating well and staying away from stimulants that can interrupt your sleep, and you will get back on track without skipping a beat.