Spring forward, fall back. As we head into the “fall back” segment of the year, we say goodbye to Daylight Savings Time and hello to Standard Time. Though you might be relishing the opportunity to gain an extra hour of sleep – particularly in a cozy bed at Magnolia Station at Cresleigh Ranch – the time change isn’t always as simple as it seems! Any switch in routine can disrupt our internal clocks and daily routine. To help you prepare for this transition, we’ve compiled a list of tips to make the shift from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time as smooth as possible.
It’s tempting to do things all at once, but start adjusting your bedtime and wake-up time gradually in the days leading up to the time change for a smoother transition. Go to bed and wake up 15 minutes earlier each day until you’ve shifted your schedule to align with the new time.
Maintain a Consistent Schedule:
Even though it’s tempting to sleep in, consistency is key in helping your body adapt to the time change. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, even on weekends, to maintain your body’s internal clock.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol:
Caffeine and alcohol can interfere with your sleep quality. Reduce your consumption of these substances, especially in the evening, to ensure a more restful night’s sleep. This is true no matter the time of year!
Avoid Screens Before Bed:
The blue light emitted from screens on your phone, tablet, or television can disrupt your sleep-wake cycle. Turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime to help your body prepare for sleep.
Get Plenty of Natural Light:
Though there isn’t a lot of sunlight during this time of year, do your best to expose yourself to natural daylight, especially in the morning. Sunlight helps reset your internal clock and promotes alertness during the day.
Regular exercise can improve your sleep quality. Engage in physical activity, but avoid intense workouts close to bedtime. Resist the temptation to hibernate!
Dehydration can affect your sleep quality. Keep a glass of water by your bedside in case you get thirsty during the night, but avoid excessive consumption to prevent nighttime awakenings.
It may take a few days for your body to fully adjust to the time change. Be patient with yourself and give your body time to adapt.
Get the Rest You Need!
No matter how you transition during this time of year, make sure to prioritize rest. It’s one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your mental state strong. Make sure to take particular care during seasons of change like this one, and your rested self will thank you later!