Daylight savings time is almost upon us, and there are some easy but impactful things you can do to help your body adjust to the changing clock. Few things can impact our day as much as a good (or bad) night’s sleep, so make your transition as smooth as possible with these tips.
Reset your sleeping habits
Are there a few things you could do better when it comes to your sleep? Do you turn your electronics off well before bedtime or do you check email in bed? Use this as an opportunity to take stock of your physical environment and eliminate distractions as well as examine your habits and how they impact your sleep. If you have trouble drifting off, consider switching to caffeine-free drinks after 3pm. If you hit snooze five times every day, move your alarm clock to the other side of the room.
Start your mornings right
It can be a bit harder to get going in the morning as you adjust, so get things off on the right foot by adding one or two new habits into your wake up routine. Try drinking a big glass of lemon water, doing some gentle stretching, or evening adding peppermint essential oil to your shower.
Spend time in the sun
With fewer hours of daylight, it’s important for your physical, emotional, and mental well being to make sure you get enough vitamin D. Take a coffee break outside in the afternoon or journal in front of a window with sun exposure. Now is also the time to look into adding more foods rich in vitamin D, supplements, or even light therapy into your day.
Stick to your schedule
Stay consistent with your schedule, getting up and eating at the same times you usually would. Avoid napping as it can make you sluggish and make it even harder for you to fall asleep later. If you find yourself really fatigued take a brisk walk. Make 7-8 hours of sleep a priority.