Turning the clocks ahead in Spring is one of my favorite things. Experiencing those first few days of an hour of additional daylight in the early evening hours can be a major boost…like a breath of psychological fresh air!
AND for many people it’s literally a breath of fresh air because they’re more likely to get outdoors and enjoy the extra daylight.
My friend Rocio Ramos, Youngevity contributing writer & fitness instructor, gives some great tips in the following article to help you enjoy the changing of the clock and get better sleep all year long…
Longer days and warmer weather are just a couple of things that make the spring time so ideal. Just think about it, you get an additional hour of daylight to enjoy the outdoors; perhaps with an evening walk, hike or other recreational activity. This also makes daylight saving time the perfect time to revamp your workout routine if you’re feeling a little plateaued. However, if you’re not prepared for the time change that comes with welcoming the spring season, you’ve got a few rough days, or even weeks, ahead of you!
For many early risers, losing an hour of cherished sleep can make mornings problematic for a bit. Most individuals find themselves more tired than usual during morning routines and commutes to work. Additionally, if you go to bed early, you’ll find it may be difficult to go to bed only an hour or two after the sun has gone down. In order to make sure you’re alert in the morning, creating a new sleeping schedule is important. However, if you’re not a good sleeper, this struggle will be even greater.
If you’re already sleep-deprived, daylight saving time will only add to this deficit, unless you make some immediate changes. According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 in 3 American adults do not get the required 7 hours of sleep each night. Sleeping anything less than that puts you at risk for chronic illnesses such as obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and stress. Whether you have a hard time falling asleep or are simply up late, the sooner you make necessary changes to get adequate sleep, the healthier and happier you’ll be!
A few ways to get better sleep are to:
- Minimize your daily intake of caffeine, especially in the afternoon.
- Lay off the night cap. Alcohol consumption has been found disrupt REM sleep which is needed for memory, concentration and motor skills.
- Turn off or silence electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Blue lights interfere with sleep, and email or text updates can wait until the morning.
- Create a peaceful bedtime ritual by doing some reading, gentle stretching, or yoga and also sticking to a bedtime schedule.
To prepare yourself for the upcoming hour shortage, even if you’re a good sleeper, you may want to start going to bed 15-30 mins earlier on the days leading up to daylight savings time. Try to ease your body into the new routine and changes. Additionally, adding Biometics Bio Nite, which contains a unique blend of melatonin, chamomile and valerian, will be help promote restful sleep during the time change, and any other time you need to ensure a good night’s rest.
Don’t forget to set your clocks forward! Good sleep is the key! — Rocio Ramos
Deb’s Additional Suggestion for a Good Night of Sleep
A “go to” for many people is the essential oil blend To Be At Peace. Check it out as a great potential addition to your bedtime routine, or for evenings when your mind just doesn’t want to slow down.
Enjoy your extra hour of daylight in the early evening hours next week!
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