How To Prepare For Daylight Savings
Those affected by chronic sleep deprivation often dread the change of daylight savings. In the springtime, it can feel like you're losing out a whole hour of sleep - and it's not as easy to fix as going to bed an hour earlier. At the very least, it takes a few days or weeks to fully adjust to the change. But if that's the case, does the end of daylight savings in November equal more sleep?
An Extra Hour?
Every autumn, countries across North America and Europe readjust their clocks back to standard time, theoretically giving everyone an extra hour of sleep. But do people really get more sleep in the winter months? Probably not. Studies have shown that when the time changes, so do sleeping habits. The week after the change is often filled with early rises, tossing, turning and drowsiness.
Preparing For The Change
One great way to prepare for the time change is to practice. The week before Nov. 1, try going to bed a half hour later than you would normally and get up a half hour later as well. This might be hard to do if you need to leave for work early in the morning, but even a few minutes could help make the difference.
If you have a hard time adjusting, consider altering the temperature of your room. Warmer temperatures can help you fall asleep and cooler temperatures can help you stay asleep. Of course, it's hard to adjust the air temperature of your room that precisely. Consider investing in the nuyu™ Sleep System, which uses an algorithm that mimics the body's circadian rhythm to help you sleep.
In the morning, keep the lights dim until the time you desire to wake up after daylight savings ends. Then get as much sunlight as you can. This will tell your body it's time to wake up, and it should help with the adjustment. It also helps to drink a full glass of water when you wake up. Sleep can potentially be dehydrating, and that can make you groggy.
Remember to stay active during the day so you are more likely to be sleepy in the evening. Don't let the end of daylight savings give you a bad night of sleep. Prepare ahead of time and keep catching those Z's in peace.