If you’re wondering when you should move your clocks back, it’s this coming Sunday at 2:00 am when daylight savings ends.
Besides adjusting the time backwards an hour before you go to bed this Saturday night, why should you be concerned with the changes associated with DST? How could getting an “extra” hour of sleep not be a good thing?
The answer is simple: although the time is shifted by an hour, the duration or period of time isn’t actually altered. When this happens, problems arise because your internal clock becomes out of sync with your day-and-night cycle.
To prepare for the upcoming time change, learn how DST might apply to you and what you can do to ensure that your body and mind are realigned.
1. If you’ve got toddlers, kids, or pets in your home, expect there to be disruptions to your schedule due to the time change. Since they’ll probably be sleeping and waking up earlier than you are used to, they will demand your care and attention before the times you normally tend to their needs.
What can you do? Starting a few days before DST ends, set everyone’s bedtimes half an hour to an hour later. This way, when the time change occurs, everyone is going to bed and waking up when you expect them to, and you can enjoy the time you have for yourself.
2. If you or someone you know has a problem getting into a routine of sleeping and waking up earlier, this is a chance to fix that problem.
Getting to bed an hour earlier the night of the time change and the day afterwards will not only allow for the amount of sleep usually needed but also get the body in sync with an earlier start time for the next day and subsequent season.
3. If you are a short-sleeper who sleeps less than 7.5 hours each day or an early riser, you may experience the most disruption in the days or weeks that follow DST’s ending.
It is likely that you’ll find yourself waking in the middle of the night or having a hard time falling asleep. To help prevent these scenarios from happening, try meditating 30 minutes to an hour before your desired bedtime to prepare your body and mind for entering their restful states. If you do happen to wake up in the middle of the night, try deep breathing to promote relaxation and rest.
Share our blog and tips with your loved ones and help them adjust to the upcoming daylight savings time change. Or, better yet, introduce or bring them to visit us at Futureproof Wellness studio to experience myofascial release and amenities that promote better sleep and relaxation all year round!
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