Thursday, March 6, 2014

Daylight Savings Time Tips

Despite the lingering winter weather, this weekend the clocks will spring forward to adjust for

This change is often more difficult for people than in the fall where we gain an hour of sleep. However both adjustments upset our body's natural sleep rhythm and can require some time to reset.

To help make the transition a little easier, here are some tips you can use to prepare for the time change.

1. Start Going to Bed Earlier - In the days leading up to Daylight Savings Time go to bed a half hour early to begin preparing for the lost hour of sleep.

2. Limit Caffeine Intake - Try to restrict caffeine intake after the lunch hour.

3. Adjust the Lights - Expose yourself to natural light early in the morning and dim the lights an hour before going to bed at night.  This includes the light emitting from electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets.

4. Wind Down - Give yourself a one hour wind down time which means not exercising or eating too close to bed time. Limit electronics usage and noise levels in the home.

What tips do you have to maintain a healthy sleep regimen during the time change?
Daylight Savings Time.

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