Are you ready for daylight savings time? It happens tomorrow, and to prepare I have been participating in the Daylight Saving Time Sleep Challenge. The whole time change can be disrupting to our sleep, but despite this, many people don’t get the proper number of hours of sleep as it is.
There are also many ways you can prepare for daylight savings time or just improve your overall sleep. Read on to get some tips and tricks!
• Strive for no screen time one hour before sleep (laptops, phones, tablets, TVs – everything). For me, this is difficult as I often work through work or blog emails late in the evening, but as a rule, I put the laptop away and relax for an hour or so before bed.
• Avoid the snooze button. I can generally get away with just hitting it once, but there was a time when I did avoid it completely.
• No clocks (including smartphones) easily accessible in the bedroom.
• Try to avoid caffeine 8 hours before bed. It can disrupt your sleep.
• Get one extra hour of sleep at night.
• Take one 15- to 20-minute nap every day. I like to do this on weekends!
I decided to limit caffeine 8 hours before bed as my challenge. There were times in the late afternoons at work when I needed a pick me up, but I resorted to a refreshing mint tea or herbal tea instead. I also found I was drinking a lot more water in lieu of coffee, which left me more hydrated. I will continue to try to limit caffeine later in the afternoons to strive for better sleep.
Check out the Better Sleep Council’s website for some fabulous tips and tricks for surviving the time change here! You can also follow along on Twitter with #SpringToBed for other better sleep tips! You can also follow @BetterSleepOrg for more sleep tips!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Better Sleep Council.