It is that time of year again . . . . so here is a great article by Alene Dawson that catalogs eight ways you can avoid losing sleep this weekend.
Her tips include:
- Anticipate the shift. Try going to bed earlier for one to two nights ahead of the time change.
- Load up on Zzzzs. You don't want to be sleep-deprived ahead of these time shifts. Getting seven to eight hours of sound sleep a night ahead of the change will make for a smooth transition.
- Skip the alcohol and caffeine. These substances will just lead to fragmented sleep.
- Use sunlight to your advantage. Pull back the curtains and get lots of sunshine in the morning, and you're more likely to feel alert during the day and sleepy by nightfall.
- Conversely, limit bright light exposure at night. Why? It will disrupt your sleep. This means no computers, TV and tablets at least two hours before bedtime.
- Avoid long naps. A brief power nap is OK. But anything longer will disrupt your sleep and delay the transition to the new time schedule.
- Make your bedroom a haven for sleep. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, well-ventilated and at a comfortable, slightly cooler temperature throughout the night.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Read a relaxing book; listen to soothing music.
So which tip(s) do you employ to help you limit your sleep loss this weekend?
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