Spring: Re-evaluate Your Circadian Rhythm & Align
Spring has sprung! Flowers are blooming & the sun is shining bright, but why do you feel like a withering daffodil?
Spring forward on your own terms!
Waking up can be harder because the hours of darkness are shorter and the body takes time to adjust to the change. The production of melatonin continues to drop throughout the spring and summer possibly making mornings a bit more groggy. This is why good sleep hygiene is especially important in the spring and summer months.
While you can’t completely eliminate a lost hour of sleep, you can do it on your own terms by preparing your mind & body for this change 2-3 days in advance. Set your alarm 20-30 minutes earlier than your usual wake-up time to begin the adjustment & shoot for an early bedtime the night of the change. Ideally 1 hour earlier swould ensure you get your regular amount of sleep.
Let there be light!!
Once the Daylight Savings Time has begun, aim for bright mornings. If the sun can’t provide it for you yet, take control & brighten up that room! Let your brain know downtime is over!
Make the sleep count!