“Gaining” an hour of sleep in the fall may feel better than “losing” an hour of sleep in the spring, but your body will still need time to adjust to a different schedule. After the clocks “fall back”, you may find yourself waking up earlier due to the extra daylight in the morning. This is because your body’s circadian rhythm (which controls your sleep schedule) is affected by light. Your body naturally wants to feel more awake when there’s daylight and more tired after sundown. During Daylight Saving Time there is more darkness in the morning and light in the evening, which can trick your body into thinking you should still be sleeping in the morning and stay awake later in the day. Standard Time is typically considered more in line with circadian rhythm, but keep in mind that you’ll also be feeling ready for bed an hour earlier than you’re used to. Unless you try to make this adjustment gradually.
You can adjust to this time change effortlessly by slowly easing into it, rather than all at once on the day Daylight Saving Time ends. A few days before, start inching your bedtime earlier in 15-minute intervals each day. This kind of a change is low-commitment and easy to add into your routine but will help your body ease into Standard Time.
Health and safety rely heavily on healthy sleep habits. Sleeping well helps the immune system function more efficiently, as antibodies and cells that fight infection are reduced when you don’t get enough sleep. Being well-rested also means being more alert, which can decrease accident risk by 70%. Maintaining a consistent nighttime routine, even when the time changes, is always for the best. If you’re having trouble sleeping or feel tired during the day, try reaching out to SleepMaster Solutions™. SleepMaster Solutions™ can help you identify whether or not you have a sleep disorder that is affecting your health. It all starts with a simple, free online sleep screening.