It’s almost that time of year again, when most of North America “Springs Ahead” to welcome longer days and warmer seasons. And while this may be an exciting time as we bid the long, dark winter a fond farewell, many of us will undoubtedly be affected by this annual disruption to our sleep cycle.
There are, however, steps you can take to prepare for the impending clock change. Don’t let that one hour loss of sleep throw you off track!
Steps to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time
- Plan to go to bed about 15 minutes earlier at night and wake up about 10 minutes earlier in the morning beginning four days leading up to the switch. This will help you train your nervous system to slowly adjust to the time change.
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark and quiet. Hanging dark curtains on your bedroom windows is a good method. This is also a good time to benefit from unplugging and make your bedroom an electronics-free zone.
- Get a full night of sleep during the switch. This will help to keep you in a normal sleep pattern.
- Expose yourself to sunlight early as it can help reset your body’s internal clock. Enjoy your morning coffee in front of a window or take a walk to absorb natural sunlight.
- It may be tempting, but avoid napping! Napping can disrupt your efforts to get to sleep on time.
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