Spring is in the air, and Daylight Savings Time is here! Don’t forget to set your clocks one hour ahead on March 12th. You may lose an extra hour of sleep, but you’ll gain an extra hour of sunlight. Here are a few tips to prep your body for that time difference:
Turn your clock back earlier in the evening. Don’t wait until 2 am for the time change to kick in! Gradually sync your internal clock an hour ahead. Go to bed an hour earlier on Sunday night. Since the clock will jump from 2 am to 3 am, you will be thanking yourself Monday morning for a full night of sleep.
Exercise during the day. Even taking a leisurely walk outside will help you sleep better, but tr not to exercise too close to bedtime.
Avoid stimulating substances. Stay away from caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime to ensure a good night’s rest.
Relax right before bed. Turn off the TV, and relax with a good book or a warm bath. Stress or over stimulation will make it more difficult to fall asleep.
If you have children, stick to the routine. Since they will already be adjusting to a change in schedule, keeping their usual bedtime rituals is essential.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the extra hour of sunlight!