Can Daylight Saving Time cause poor sleep?

Posted on : 08 Mar 2019 | No Comments

Are you ready for Daylight saving time?

Are you ready for Daylight Saving Time?

It’s that time of year again when we “spring forward” (fall back) into Daylight Saving time. What an odd nickname for an event that forces us to lose a precious hour of sleep! Doesn’t it make you wonder about the wisdom of changing the clock our time twice a year and the impact on your health?

The good news is that a semiannual clock reset shouldn’t be a severe impact on your health IF your sleep is generally sound and restful. On the other hand, the number of people who don’t achieve quality sleep is growing every day. According to the National Sleep Foundation53% of Americans experience disrupted or suboptimal sleep during the week.1

If your sleep is disturbed, shifting your sleep cycle by an hour during daylight saving time can create even greater disturbances and increase sleep debt. The poorer your sleep quality, the more you’ll be affected.

If you are struggling to get restful sleep, this weekend may seem daunting. Here are a few tips to help make this transition smoother:

  • Turn off bright lights and any screens at least 2 hours before bed (that includes the TV and smartphones).
  • Get to sleep at least a few minutes earlier to get a jumpstart on the reset.
  • Open the curtains and turn on the lights in the morning. Light in the morning will help your circadian rhythm realign with the new schedule more quickly.
  • Create and stick to a consistent sleep routine to help your body know it’s time to start winding down.
  • Drink a bit more coffee or tea in the morning. A bit more caffeine to help you stay awake while you’re adjusting won’t hurt at all; in fact, coffee is generally healthy and great for the brain.

These tips will help with daylight saving time, but if you struggle to get restful sleep, it goes beyond just this weekend. Allow this event to help you understand and take charge of your sleep health. PeakBrain’s brain training programs can help alleviate the hyperaroused brain processing patterns that are standing in the way of your restful sleep.

If you struggle to fall asleep because your mind is racing, wake up repeatedly in the middle of the night, wake up significantly too early, or just don’t wake up feeling rested; better brain regulation can help! If any of these statements apply to you, call us today to learn about our brain training solutions for sleep.

If you’re not getting the most out of your sleep, you’re not getting the most out of your day. Restore your sleep and achieve peak living!

1 National Sleep Foundation 2019 Sleep Survey. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/sites/default/files/2019-03/SIA_2019_Sleep_Health_and_Scheduling.pdf

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