Setting back the clock throws off our circadian rhythm, the internal biological clock that helps control when we fall asleep and wake up. Light exposure, exercise and our daily schedule regulate our circadian rhythms. Day light savings time disrupts these and our internal clock gets desynchronized with our external time schedule. To synchronize your body, follow these helpful tips.
Adjust Your Sleep Schedule.
Start waking up 30 mins earlier this week every day and move up your bed time by 30 mins. This is known to diminish the affect.
Natural Sun light.
Your body’s internal clock is regulated by Sunlight. Natural light is the brains alarm clock and it also helps you sleep better. Get plenty of it. Be patient and stick to a Schedule, Maintaining your normal exercise, sleep schedule and sneaking a nap or two can do wonders for resetting your clock. It will take about a week for your circadian and sleep rhythms to adjust to the new clock.
Melatonin naturally secreted in our bodies is known to synchronize our circadian rhythms, it may help some sleep better at night. The jury is still out on the effectiveness of the supplement melatonin to aid sleep. Consult a physician before taking melatonin.
Take a Relaxing Shower or Bath.
A bath before bedtime helps you relax and wind down. A decrease in your body temperature after the bath can help you sleep easier.
Minimize Sleep Distractions
A few gadgets that will help you get in the sleeping zone are eye masks & earplugs. Eye masks help you avoid that annoying light shining through your windows, so you don’t have to get up and close the curtains. Earplugs are essential to achieve pure silence, they’ll help you block out noises such as floors creaking & faucets running. By trying these two gadgets in tandem, you’ll eliminate all those tiny distractions which keep you from receiving your best sleep.
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