Regardless of whether you’re “falling back” or “springing forward,” adjusting your mind and body to the time change can be difficult. The loss of one hour – in either direction – can affect your attention span, reaction time, appetite and overall mood.
Here are 5 tips to help you ease into the time change.
Gradually shift your bedtime
If you go to bed around 10 p.m. each night, try going to bed at 9:45 or 9:30 p.m. the week following the time change. The small shift will help you start winding down earlier each evening.
Shut down electronics
Your body’s natural cycle is trying to get back on track. Electronics stimulate your brain, and scrolling through your phone, iPad or laptop will prevent your brain from shutting down for the night.
Stick with a routine
Let’s face it, we’re creatures of habit and sticking with a regular evening routine (as much as you can) will let your body and brain know it’s time for rest.
Moving throughout the day preps your body for a good night’s sleep. Take a walk, work out at your desk or hit the gym and get as much exposure to natural sunlight as you can.
Say no to the caffeine
I know, I know – that may be asking too much. If you can’t quit the java, limit it, and avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks at least four to six hours before going to bed.