BEACON TRANSCRIPT – If we were to talk about truism, then here’s a good one: everybody loves to sleep and simply hate getting up early in the morning to get stuff done. As spring draws ever closer, people are preparing to set their clock one hour in advance. Here are a few tips on how to counter the effect of the seasonal time change.
Surprisingly, according to the recent sleep study, it’s far more easily for our circadian clock to adjust to daylight savings than to the seasonal time change during which we have to set out clock one hour forward.
Doctor Kelly Brown, a Medical Doctor who works at the Vanderbilt Sleep Center, had the courtesy of giving us a couple of tips regarding what to do in order to get over the seasonal time change much easier.
Brown explained that our internal clocks can adjust much quickly to the autumnal time change than to spring change due to the fact that most people have the tendency of staying up late or getting an extra hour of sleep in the morning.
Now, in order to counter the effects of the seasonal change, the good doctor advised her patients to try to go to bed one hour earlier than usual. If this is too much for you, then you could try starting small, like going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual.
The seasonal times change takes place on the 13th of March on a Sunday so that you could start the new sleep regime beginning with Wednesday.
Another good tip to have in mind is to do any kind of physical activity in sunlight. Doctor Brown said that sunlight helps our body to shut down the melatonin production plant, the hormone which helps us fall asleep.
She also added that this type of exercise can help our body adjust faster to the time change and to fall asleep earlier. Furthermore, if the day is cloudy, then you could swap the sunlight gym with a bright computer screen or with an early shopping session to your nearest supermarket. Brown said that although artificial light is not to be considered a substitute for natural light, it can help our body adjust more quickly to the seasonal time change.
Also, it is critical to avoid any bright light coming from tablets, smartphones, TV or computers in the evening. And it would also be a good idea to avoid any caffeinated products or alcohol.
So, bottom line idea is to do plenty of physical exercises, to avoid any bright devices at night and to go to sleep earlier than usual.