November 3, 2016

Who’s Yawning Now? Don’t Let the Time Change Mess Up Your Sleep Schedule

shutterstock-clock-sheets-2By Erin Young

The move back to standard time this weekend might leave you dragging come Monday morning, if you don’t stay in your resting routine. There are steps you can take to help you fall back an hour and not fall out of step with your usual sleep schedule. Now, go get those 7-8 hours a night.

  • Transition into the time change a few days before daylight savings by going to bed 15 minutes earlier.
  • If you’re starting to feel sleepy after the change, take a quick nap in the afternoon. No longer than 20 minutes.
  • Adjust the light in your room – we can help our body find synchronicity by keeping areas bright in the morning and dim at night.
  • Keep regular sleep hours – a routine schedule is good for all of us and will allow our body and mind to adjust.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed – both are stimulants that will impact your body’s natural sleep patterns.

Need additional support? Mission Sleep Centers can help.