If you’re anything like me, the end of daylight savings time has probably meant nights of poor sleep and fatigue, and this can have a really detrimental impact on day-to-day life. So I thought I’d share a couple of tips to help you get your body clock caught up:
- Make a schedule, then stick to it: Honestly, this is good advice for everyone, but if you’re having trouble catching up on your sleep you might find structuring your meal and exercise times helps to remind your body what it’s supposed to be doing and when.
- Get plenty of sunshine: Admittedly this might be harder than usual at the moment, but if you can expose yourself to sunlight in the morning it will help to wake you up, plus it helps your body make Vitamin D and melatonin, which are essential to good sleep.
- Don’t nap: I know, I know. Naps are so good! But they keep your body’s circadian rhythms out of whack, and that means worse sleep in the long run.
- Spend time away from screens: This can be hard right now, especially if you’re working from home, but a lot of computer, phone and television screens emit blue light, which can make us more alert (but doesn’t necessarily make us feel more awake). If you can get away from the electronic devices before bed, you’ll really help your brain turn off for the night.
- Avoid alcohol and coffee: Possibly the hardest one of all – how do we avoid coffee? But if you can do it, experts recommend that avoiding stimulants and depressants while you adjust to daylight savings is one of the best ways to get back in the groove.
So there you have it! If you know any other ways to cope with daylight savings fatigue, let us know in the comments, and keep listening to Show Radio!