The Spring time change, where we lose an hour of sleep, has been associated with grumpiness (according to our in-house study!) as well as an increase in heart attacks, cluster headaches and workplace injuries (be careful with that stapler!) The time change leaves most of us feeling jetlagged for weeks.
Here are our tips on how to better deal with the Daylight Savings changes:
1. Open the Blinds: expose yourself to natural light early! Outdoor light is far more intense than indoor light. Thirty to sixty minutes of outdoor light per day helps reduce the effects of nighttime lighting. Not getting enough natural light means artificial light (lightbulbs, computers, etc) is more likely to keep you up.
2. Resist Napping! This is a pretty self-explanatory tip - taking naps during the day will disrupt your circadian rhythm and generally leads to sleeping problems at night.
3. Stay Hydrated: go easy on the coffee and alcohol and drink plenty of water! This will help you deal with the time change as you won’t feel as sluggish
4. Get Plenty of Rest: go to bed a little earlier each day. This slowly gets you accustomed to sleeping at an earlier time
5. Create an Unwinding Ritual: This might include taking a hot bath with some epsom salts, avoiding your electronics at least 30 mins before bed, listening to something soothing (guided relaxation, nature sounds, music), etc.
We hope these tips help you adjust! Let us know of any tips that help you!