And here’s how to control the damage
Only a few more days until Daylight Saving Time. The clocks will go forward one hour which means that it’ll get dark an hour later in the evenings – which we love. It also means, though, that for that one night during which the clocks change we’re losing one hour of sleep.
Some people love it, others hate it: Daylight Saving Time.
Daylight Saving Time
Daylight Saving Time (DST) has benefits for a lot of people: it will be light outside for a little longer in the evenings, which means we’ll have more energy to do things. It also means your body’s 24-hour rhythm is interrupted, however. It actually puts quite some stress on your body. In fact, on the Monday after DST starts, the amount of traffic accidents, mistakes made at work and heart infarcts is five percent higher than usual.
This is how you survive
To make sure you put as little stress on your body as possible and you get used to DST quickly, you can follow the next couple of tips:
1. Take a morning walk
By catching natural light in the morning, your body will produce melatonin in the evenings. This will help you fall asleep and will prevent your from lying awake for hours and waking up tired the next morning.
2. Avoid blue light
It can be very tempting to scroll through your Facebook timeline or play a game before bed, but it’s best to avoid the blue light your phone emits. This blue light has the same effect on you as morning light, which gives your brain a signal that it’s not yet time to go to sleep.
3. Try doing a relaxation exercise
Do you go to bed on time but do you have trouble falling asleep because your body thinks it’s an hour earlier? Try doing a relaxing breathing exercise. This will help you calm down, which makes it will be easier to fall asleep.
4. Don’t sleep in too late
Even if the start of DST means you slept fewer hours than you normally would and you still feel tired; don’t sleep in for longer than one and a half hours in the weekend. Sleeping in too late will cause your biological clock to go even more out of sync than it already is.
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Source: Margriet | Image: photomontage