It’s Time To Spring Forward – The Healthy Way!
On a positive note, the days are getting longer and the trees are starting to blossom. Spring is in the air! Unfortunately, It’s also that time of year when the clock is not so friendly and makes everyone lose a precious hour of sleep. Because sleep plays such an important part in our overall health it’s a good idea to plan ahead and make sure you are getting enough quality snooze time.
Here are some great tips that will help you stay healthy during this time change. Check out the whole article here: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_articles.asp?id=1236
• Start early. The time change is usually scheduled for the wee hours of Sunday morning, in order to reduce the disruption of the workweek. To give yourself more time to adjust before the workweek begins, reset one of your clocks at the start of the weekend, such as Friday night or Saturday morning. Try to eat meals, sleep, and wake according to that clock. When Monday comes, you’ll be on your way to feeling adjusted. However, if you have activities and events during the weekend, make sure you don’t get confused about the correct time!
• Exercise. Working out releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that helps our bodies adjust. Exercise regularly, preferably outdoors, and early in the day. A brisk morning walk is perfect. Avoid exercising too late in the evening though, as this could interfere with the quality of your sleep.
• Nap wisely. Try to resist the urge to take long naps late in the day. If you get tired, take a short, energizing walk around the block instead. If you must nap, keep it earlier in the day and limit your snooze time to no more than 20 minutes.
• Don’t imbibe. Alcohol interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don't rely on a nightcap to fall asleep.
• Digest. After the time changes, you may be hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Be sure to give yourself ample time to digest your dinner before heading off to bed. A heavy meal in your stomach will interfere with the quality of your sleep, too.
• Lighten up. The right combination of light and dark can help your body's circadian rhythm readjust so you can fall asleep on your new schedule and sleep more soundly. In the morning, open the shades and brighten the lights. Try to spend time outside during the day, if possible. Dim the lights in the evening, so that your body understands that it’s time to wind down.
Barnes, Liza. 6 Tips to Deal with Daylight Saving Time -Time-Tested Ways to Cope with the Time Change. www.sparkpeople.com. Retrieved on March 6th, 2015 from Sparkpeople.com