Daylight savings time means getting another hour in the fall but we lose it in the Spring! Well, it is hear again and I hope we are ready for the loss of sleep. Most Americans are not getting enough sleep according to the studies and many are getting less… than they think they need.
When it comes time to lose sleep be prepared at least.
The National Sleep Foundation tips for better sleeping when we turn the clocks back are listed below:
- To prepare for the return to Daylight Saving Time, try to sleep more than usual a few nights prior to and immediately following the time change. You can also take a nap in the afternoon on Sunday if you need it, but not within a few hours of your regular bedtime. Napping too close to bedtime can disrupt nighttime sleep.
- Gradually advance your sleep schedule by going to sleep and waking up 15 to 20 minutes earlier each day for 3 to 4 consecutive days prior to the start of Daylight Savings Time.
- Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
- Establish a regular bedtime and wake time schedule
- Try a relaxing routine, like soaking in hot water (a hot tub or bath) before bedtime.
- Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout at least a few hours before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol close to bedtime, as they can disrupt sleep.
Remember to keep drinking water to combat fatigue and keep alert.
Sweet dreams everyone!
Donna Marie Laino