How to Stay Well Rested after Daylight Savings
Has springing forward left you feeling groggy? You’re not the only one! The Monday after the daylight savings time change, office workers are shown to waste more time drowsily browsing online and the number of car accidents increases for commuters. It can take days to recover from losing those precious 60 minutes of sleep. We know it’s hard to be at your best when you’re tired. Your mood suffers, you crave unhealthy foods, and you have no energy to participate in the activities you love. Because sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, we have found a few things you can do to improve your sleep even when you lose an hour.
Get Some Sun
Sun and sleep? The two don’t seem to go together, but they do! Your natural sleep cycle is aligned with waking during the day and sleeping at night. Lack of sunshine can trick your brain into thinking it’s later in the day, leaving you feeling sleepy long before your bedtime. Get more sunshine in your day by sitting next to a window or taking a walk on your lunchbreak.
Caffeine may help you start your day, but it will not help you end it. Drinking coffee, tea, or soft drinks later in the day will increase your energy when your body naturally wants to wind down.
Move a Little
Light exercise, like walking, for only 30 minutes each day can improve your sleep. Exercise raises your body temperature, boosts daytime energy, and relieves stress. These three benefits help regulate your sleep cycle and help you fall asleep faster.
Stick to a Routine
A relaxing routine at bedtime signals your brain to begin winding down. Dimming the lights, practicing yoga or deep breathing, and turning off the TV have all been found to have restful benefits which will improve your sleep.
Focus on these tips and others found at the links below to beat your time change energy slump this week!