Spring is here and with it comes the annual ritual of setting clocks ahead by one hour for daylight saving time. While many people may enjoy the longer days, the time shift can also disrupt sleep patterns and lead to fatigue. Here are some tips to make the transition a little smoother:
- Gradually adjust your sleep schedule. In the days leading up to daylight saving time, try going to bed and waking up 15-30 minutes earlier each day to help your body adjust.
- Stick to a routine. Keeping a consistent sleep schedule can help regulate your body’s internal clock and make it easier to fall asleep and wake up at the right times.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Both substances can interfere with sleep, so it’s best to avoid them in the hours leading up to bedtime.
- Get plenty of exercise during the day. Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep more easily and improve the quality of your sleep.
- Avoid screen time before bed. The blue light emitted by electronic devices can disrupt sleep, so it’s a good idea to avoid using them for at least an hour before bedtime.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Taking a warm bath, reading a book, or practicing meditation or yoga can all help signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.