Spring is approaching and while the thought of warmer temps & brighter days has given us more pep in our step, we have one hurdle to overcome: Daylight Saving Time. Losing an hour of sleep is
not ideal (nor are the the health risks associated with it), but there are ways to prepare for the serious wrench it throws in your body’s circadian rhythm.
If you haven't prepped for Daylight Saving before, we encourage you to consider implementing a few simple strategies starting the week before. Below is a round-up of our favorites from the Sleep Foundation and Everyday Health.
1. Begin adjusting your sleep schedule. Aim for a bedtime of at least 15-20 minutes earlier than usual.
2. Make an effort to ditch devices before bedtime. This healthy habit is not only beneficial for Daylight Saving Time, but for your everyday nightly routine.
3. Swap out the devices for a bedtime meditation and/or breathing exercises. Not only will they calm your body and mind, they will help create a seamless transition to sleep.
4. Nutrition is key. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is associated with getting a proper goodnight's sleep. Don't forget to be mindful of your caffeine intake.
5. Soak in sunlight! Aim for at least 15 minutes of sunlight upon waking up whether it's outside or simply by sitting near a window.