Are you ready to spring forward?
On Sunday, March 9th, we will all wake to one less hour of sleep unless you live in Hawaii or Arizona, the only two US states currently opting out of the time change. Many countries have stopped using, or never participated in, Daylight Savings Time (DST) since its first proposal in 1895.
The debate continues as to whether or not DST should be in practice. What we do know is that DST can affect our sleep and therefore our wellbeing. Here are some sleep practice tips from the Mayo Clinic to keep in mind as you set your clocks forward.
1. Stick to a sleep schedule-Get up and go to bed the same time every day, even weekends
2. Watch what you eat and drink-Watch caffeine and alcohol intake before bed as it can take 2 hours for the effects to wear off
3. Create a bedtime ritual-Let your body wind down and get ready for sleep each night
4. Create comfortable sleeping quarters-Eliminate clutter, turn down the lights in your bedroom and adjust the thermostat to a temperature that is conducive for sleeping
5. Limit daytime naps
6. Include physical activity in your daytime routine-Try to exercise earlier in the day
7. Reduce stress–Get organized-Be better prepared for tomorrows by: laying out clothes you intend to wear, placing backpacks and briefcases by the door so they are ready to grab and go in the morning and being aware of calendar commitments with daily tasks properly prioritized
Jenny Power, Absolutely Organized, LLC