Daylight savings is this Sunday, March 13th! Ready to set your clocks forward one hour? Below are some tips to help with waking up an hour early.
First off, what exactly is daylight savings?
The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time (called "Summer Time" in many places in the world) is to make better use of daylight. We change our clocks during the summer months to move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.
Here are a few tips on how to ease into daylight savings a little easier.
1. Limit Screen time before bed
Experts say that the blue light emitted by your cell phone screen restrains the production of melatonin, This makes it even more difficult to fall asleep and wake up the next day.
2. Avoid drinking caffeine before bed
For obvious reasons, caffeine before bed is not productive. Caffeine can really make it hard to fall asleep. Make sure you are cutting caffeine use off no later than 4pm.
3. Go to bed earlier than you normally would
Doctors recommend that you start going to bed at least 15 to 30 minutes earlier than your usual bedtime. Your body needs that bit of extra time to make up for the lost hour.
4. Develop a night routine
A night routine can really be helpful in winding down for the night. Try unwinding by reading a book, taking a bath, journaling or stretching. All wonderful routines to help limit screen time before bed.
5. Avoid napping during the day
Because we lose an hour of sleep, you may feel yourself wanting a nap during the day. Try not to nap as it will only mess up your sleep schedule for the next couple of days. Instead, go to bed an hour earlier.
We may lose an hour of sleep but the good news.? Winter is behind us!