It’s that time of year again! Spring ahead! Who’s excited?! We turn the clocks ahead one hour! We get extra daylight, more time to spend outside in the clean fresh air and the glorious…snow. Uh, and wait, spring ahead? I don’t know about you, but the thought of loosing an hour of sleep makes me quite crabby. No, just, no. Even our dogs get daylight savings time anxiety (Google it, trust me). Well, we can’t stop Sunday from coming, unless someone has a secret tollbooth built for time travel they are not blogging about, so then let us embrace the inevitable! Spring ahead we shall! Here are some great tips to keep our circadian rhythms in check and maybe you can use it as an excuse for being late until Tuesday!
- It’s only an hour, what’s the big deal: Sooo says the non-sleep deprived person to the left, to the left. Ok, this is HUGE when we are already looking like we can join Rick, Michonne, Daryl and the crew, am I right? One hour of lost time is one hour where we feel less “When you change clocks to daylight saving time, you don’t change anything related to sun time,” explained lead researcher Till Roenneberg of Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. “This is one of those human arrogances — that we can do whatever we want as long as we are disciplined. We forget there is a biological clock that is as old as living organisms, a clock that cannot be fooled. The pure social change of time cannot fool the clock.” Trickery!!! It is a big deal, because our brains are like, what in the hell is going on?! The National Sleep Foundation states that come Monday, things still are not quite right. Tips here; take it easy, it takes time to adjust. HA, time, seriously. I literally can’t!
- Try to catch some zzz’s before the change: Moving on! I won’t even try here. If you can, you’re my hero!!!
- Avoid bright light or sunlight right before bed time: This prepares your body for sleep, this way your body will ease more gradually into the sleep cycle and you will feel more refreshed when you wake.
- Go to bed and get up at your usual times after the change: Again this helps ease with the transition.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed: Substances stimulate all the major systems of the body and will disrupt proper sleep hygiene. It’s best to avoid these several hours prior to sleep.
- Create sleep rituals: Whether it is a warm bath, relaxation techniques, meditation, aromatherapy, ambient sound or simply reading, create a sleep ritual and stick to it. You will find that it becomes habitual and helps you transition into sleep with ease.
- A clear mind: Find ways to clear the thoughts and feelings from the day. I like to call this “brushing the day away”. I literally brush off the energy from my body from the day (dry brushing or just swiping gently over my arms , legs etc) to energetically “clear” my body and sleeping space to prepare for sleep. This also helps to clear the mind. Mind chatter can be loud, learn techniques to quiet those sounds; deep breathing, meditation, music, etc.
- Sleep space: Probably the most important. Create a sleep space that is pleasing, comfortable and calming to you and your partner. This is your space for restoration and regeneration; it should be a space with minimal distractions (noise, etc). You should love to get into bed!
I hope you find these tips useful as we get ready to spring ahead. Remember to take care of yourself, eat foods that make you feel good, move our body every day and surround yourself with people who support your passions! Come on Spring!!!
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