It’s that time of year again when the seasons change and the clocks go forward one hour. While that may mean one less hour in bed, don’t panic, here are some tips for fighting the Daylight Savings Time fatigue.
1. Take time to adjust
Change of any kind can be hard to adjust to, and one less hour of sleep a night will certainly take some time to get used to. It is thought that the effects of having one less hour of kip a night can last for up to a week so to help fight the tiredness, try going to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier every night in the week leading up to the clock change.
2. Adjust your routine
Like your sleep pattern, your daily routine will also get a shake up. The change in sleep duration can affect your proficiency as well as your mood. In order to be on fine form during the day, it’s suggested that adjusting your activities by 15 to 20 minutes along with your sleep pattern can do wonders for your body and mind.
3. Get comfy
A lot can be said for the environment that you sleep in. Everyone has their creature comforts when it comes to snuggling up and picking the perfect surrounds can help you sleep soundly. Everything from a comfy bed, to the plumpest pillows and the right lighting can help you drift off easier so it’s important to find the environment that is ideal for you so you can get a great night’s sleep.
4. Soak in plenty of sunlight
Instead of wishing you can stay in bed longer, try getting up and making the most of the day by taking a walk and getting some sunlight. This morning boost of vitamin D can help you ease into the idea of losing an hour and give you a more positive outlook for the day ahead.
5. Get some exercise
It has been suggested that getting in some good exercise can help you feel more refreshed and less tired, so doing some light exercises the morning after the clock change can also be very beneficial to help fight the effects of the one hour sleep loss. All that extra exercise will also contribute to a great night’s sleep the following night too!