Surviving Daylight Savings Time
The Daylight Savings Time Struggle is Real
Spring forward! That’s a pleasant way of making daylight savings time sound enjoyable and not as menacing. And while more daylight seems like a great compromise, for many, losing an hour of sleep can make mornings difficult and wreak havoc on your routine. Good news is that in time, your body will readjust, and there are a few ways you can make the time change a bit easier on yourself.
If you’re an early bird who tends to have an early bed time, you’re probably finding it a bit difficult to get to sleep only an hour or two after the sun has gone down. Plus, many adults already suffer from poor sleeping patterns. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 American adults do not get the required 7 hours of sleep each night. Sleeping anything less than that, puts you at risk for chronic illnesses such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and stress. Whether you have a hard time falling asleep or are simply up late, the sooner you make necessary changes to get adequate sleep, the healthier and happier you’ll be!
Tips for Better Sleep
A few ways to get better sleep are to:
- Minimize your daily intake of caffeine, especially in the afternoon.
- Lay off the night cap. Alcohol consumption has been found to disrupt REM sleep which is needed for memory, concentration and motor skills.
- Turn off or silence electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Blue lights interfere with sleep, and email or text updates can wait until the morning.
- Create a peaceful bedtime ritual by doing some reading, gentle stretching, or yoga and also sticking to a bedtime schedule.
Additionally, to help your body transition during daylight savings time, you may want to consider a sleep support supplement. Hemp-derived cannabinoid products, such as HempFX Relax™, have been found to calm the central nervous system and support healthy sleeping patterns. Getting enough sleep is essential to your overall health.
Remember, prevention is the key!