Springing forward means that we all lose an hour of sleep, which can create issues for a few days afterward. Mark
your calendar for Sunday, March 11th to remember to set your clocks forward and hour starting at 2:00 a.m.
Here are some tips to help you get through the time change with ease:
Don’t let the time change sneak up on you: Make sure to plan for the time change. Set a reminder, mark it on your calendar, whatever works for you, so that you can make sure you are well prepared. Some clocks will automatically move themselves forward, but the clock on home appliances will need to be changed manually.
Gradually Transition: Start by trying to be well-rested the week before the time change occurs. Go to bed incrementally earlier leading up to the time change so that there is less of an impact on your daily routine. Go to bed ten minutes earlier than your normal time and an additional ten minutes earlier every day after.
Avoid stimulating substances: Caffeine, nicotine and alcohol are all stimulants that can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Even some pain medications have caffeine in them, but always check with your doctor before changing your medication. Avoiding these for 4 to 6 hours before bed is a good way to get the best nights sleep.
Know how many hours of sleep you need: Not everyone needs the same amount of sleep. Determents of how many hours you need can depend on your age and how stressful your daily life is. To find out how many hours your body needs to be well-rested you can try sleeping without an alarm to see when you wake up naturally.
To learn more about how Henry Ford Village encourages a healthy, stress free lifestyle, call us today at 877-669-0728.