Daylight savings is bittersweet. On the one hand it swoops in like a superhero to save us from a long, LONG winter; on the other hand we lose an hour of sleep. I like to sleep, I always have. Big comfy blankets, crazy huge pillows, soft fluffy mattress and I’m in heaven! Losing an hour for me in a big deal!
So here are my favorite daylight savings sleep tips. How do you cope with setting the clocks forward? Leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!
3 Easy Tips to a Good Night Sleep
Daylight savings is the perfect time to check in with your sleep habits. A good night sleep is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Adults and children both benefit from a good night sleep routine. Make it simple, consistent and made for success.
1 / Consistency
Try to make bed time and wake up time the same every day, including weekends. Your body will set its internal clock and help prompt sleepiness in the evening and alertness in the morning.
2 / Setting the Mood
Wherever you sleep should be calming and comfortable. Lighting should be soft, temperature set moderately and your bed should be cozy. Add some extra pillows and splurge on that cozy blanket. This environment will trigger your internal clock to set your body to “sleep mode”.
3 / Ditching the Digital
Leave the bedroom for sleep and intimacy. Phones, tablets, laptops and televisions should stay out of the room. Having a pre-sleep activity that does not involve stimulating gadgets will further induce you into a restful state of mind. Knitting, adult coloring books and reading are perfect ways to destress on your way to rest.
Daylight Savings Tips: Watch out for Sleep Affecters
Get as much natural light as you can during the day and reduce the amount you are exposed to closer to your pre-sleep routine.
Sleep during daylight? No problem, make sure to have black out curtains to set the mode and use a SAD light in your peak awake hours to help set your internal clock.
The perfect high jack to a well maintained internal clock! Coffee is not the only culprit, watch your tea and, dare I say, chocolate intake prior to your pre-sleep routine.
Beware the mid-night snack! Eating a healthy, filling dinner and closing the kitchen 3 hours before bed will help you sleep more soundly.
Where it is proven that a proper diet and exercise improves positive sleep patterns, timed incorrectly can have a negative effect. Stimulating exercise should be done well before your pre-sleep schedule to avoid increased energy when you are trying to slow down for the night.
As we approach daylight savings, try waking up and going to sleep 15 minutes early starting tonight. By Sunday you will have already started gently adapting to the change. This also works great with kids and may help avoid a rough transition next week.