You may not have realized, but Daylight Savings Time goes into effect Sunday, which means after setting the clock ahead an hour, a lot of us are going to be cranky from losing that hour of sleep. And while you may think it won’t affect you, you’re probably kidding yourself. In fact, a study by Harvard Health found that it can take up to a week for a person’s body to adjust to the time change.
But there are some things you could do to minimize the damage the time change does to your body’s circadian rhythm, and most of them are fairly simple. Recommendations include:
- Nix the Caffeine – You may think that extra cup of coffee will help you get through the day Sunday, but it can actually hurt you when it comes to bedtime. It’s suggested you stop drinking coffee at least six hours before you plan to head to bed.
- Have a Dry Saturday – Sure it will make for a boring night, but even the slightest bit of alcohol may mess up your sleep.
- Maximize Your Bed Comfort – If your bed is an oasis, you’re bound to sleep better. Get yourself some comfortable sheets and great pillows if you want a more restful night.
- Stick to a Schedule – Sure you’re bound to want go to bed early after losing the hour, but you’ll get more quality sleep if you try to go to bed around the same time every night.
Source: Huffington Post