This Sunday 26th March the clocks change in Spring and we lose an hour of sleep, which is a lot to make up for in our already sleep-deprived modern 24/7 lifestyle. Here are 3 simple ways of getting prepared earlier making the adjustment easier to make.
Shift your schedule in steps
Spread the shift into ½ hours rather than one hour and over two days instead of one. If you can shift both your Friday night schedule and Saturday schedule earlier by ½ hour each day it makes it easier to ensure you are in bed, drifting off an hour early on Saturday night. On Saturday this would also mean that you are also aiming to eat 1 hour earlier than normal too. So, your day naturally lines up to go to bed one hour earlier that night meaning that when Sunday morning rolls around, you won’t have missed a thing.
Set your alarm ½ hour earlier on Saturday morning
Even if you don’t manage to get to bed earlier on Friday night this would ensure that when you try to pull your Saturday sleep schedule forward by one hour (or even by ½ hour if that’s all you can manage) you are more likely to be tired later on Saturday evening.
Get your body to feel tired so it’s easier to get to sleep earlier
If you can’t shift your Saturday forward, your body is naturally going to be on your current sleep schedule, and one hour out of sync with Sunday’s new time zone. This could mean that getting to bed earlier might not necessarily mean you get more sleep. You may end up just lying in bed wide-awake. The first thing to do is to fill Saturday with as much physical exercise as possible to make your body need more sleep. Then in the evening get your body to relax by having a bath with lavender and do some stretching or yoga. Finally, in order to help your brain wind down, dimming the lights and reading a book, rather than watching TV, are tried and tested relaxation methods to help your mind wind down for bedtime, creating the desire for sleep too.
I hope these techniques allow you to adjust your sleep for when the clocks change in Spring and help you maintain your health and focus. If you have any questions then please comment below or sign up to my mailing list for more tips and advice to help you sleep soundly in 2017.