This Sunday at 2am, the clocks go forward in the UK as we welcome the start of British Summertime, with longer days and brighter evenings.
The downside is that we lose an hours worth of sleep. Adjusting to these new times can affect our bodies and sleeping pattern, so we’ve broken down 3 different ways in which can help the transition feel a little easier.
Keep a consistent sleep schedule
Waking up and going to bed at the same time every day is a great habit to get into, as maintaining a consistent routine like this can help your body adjust better to sudden changes (such as Daylight Saving Time.)
Before bed, make sure to unwind and relax your body ready for sleep with some light reading or meditation. On weekends, aim to take no more than one extra hour of sleep to prevent spoiling your weekday routine.
Gradually adjust your bedtime and morning routines
The week before daylight saving begins, try adjusting your body by gradually bumping up your sleep and waking times. Shift your sleeping schedule by 15-minutes every couple of days. This is a great way to slowly introduce your body and brain to sudden changes, and you’ll find it a lot easier during the adjustment.
Expose yourself to bright light early in the morning
This is a great way to help you get out of bed, especially if you tend to find this difficult. Light sends signals to your brain telling it it’s time to wake up, so exposing yourself to bright light first thing in the morning is a great way to reset your internal body clock.
Sitting and eating breakfast by a sunny window or outdoors is another great way to exposure yourself to light in the morning. In the winter or on rainy days, investing in a light therapy lamp is another great way to exposure yourself to light when you wake up.
Depending on your own rhythm pattern, it may take you longer or shorter than a week to adjust to a new pattern. It is recommended to keep practicing healthy sleep habits whilst you adopt a new routine, for the best quality of sleep.
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