☆ It is that time of year again! ☆
On Sunday the clocks will spring forward and Daylight saving will begin. Some people question whether their technology will update itself whilst others are simply thankful their clocks will display the correct time again. One thing is for certain though, it is a sure sign that summer is on its way!
Whilst moving one hour of light to the end of the day can seem like an insignificant thing, the fallout could actually be more than inconvenient. Moving our clocks in either direction can upset our day-night cycle, and typically the losing of an hour in the spring is more difficult to adjust to.
☆ Here are some helpful tips to help your body adjust… ☆
♡ Waking naturally V Alarm clock ♡
Here is the reason the Lumie Bodyclock could become your best friend!
As the clocks move forward, daylight starts one hour later in the morning. Whilst in the summer months this does not matter, you will notice the immediate change, or at least your body will. Daylight controls melatonin which is the hormone our brain makes to regulate our sleep cycles. So as daylight arrives 1 hour later, so do our hormones, and we wake up feeling tired.
The Lumie Bodyclock is an original wake-up light, also referred to as a dawn simulator. It wakes you gradually with increasing natural light which signals to your body to start producing sleep hormones, thus waking you up gradually. The clock helps you keep track of your sleep cycle. Which consequentially boosts your mood, energy and productivity levels all day. It can be especially helpful during times like daylight saving when you are losing that daylight in the morning.
♡ Be Prepared ♡
Wake up a little earlier than usual on Saturday and plan some exercise during the day. This way you are more likely to feel ready for bed at the correct time. If you want to be even more prepared, you can do this every day of the week on the run-up to the clocks moving forward. When the time does change, your body is already there and the disruption will be minimal if any at all.
♡ Resist Temptation ♡
Stay away from the snooze button! When your alarm clock wakes you up in the morning, get out of bed! Even if you are unable to fall asleep earlier the night before, plan to wake up at the usual time. Resist the urge to sleep in! This will only make things more difficult and it will take you longer to adjust. You should also resist napping during the day. Yes, it may be Sunday, but Monday follows!
♡ Healthy Sleep ♡
Avoid eating a heavy meal, or drinking caffeine and alcohol before bed. Furthermore, make sure your sleep environment is comfortable and be mindful of the lighting in the bedroom. You should also switch off all electronics, and carry out lighter activities before bed, like reading. Essentially, all those bedroom bad habits we all have, the ones we plan to stop… don’t do them. That includes leaving your mobile phone out of the bedroom!
♡ Relax! ♡
Take some time out during the evening to wind down. The more relaxed you are the more likely you are to fall asleep. So whether it’s a relaxing bath, reading a book, or listening to some music, do what you have to do!
Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour at 1 AM, on Sunday 26th March!