Daylight saving time is a welcome sign that spring is right around the corner, but for many people, it also means sleep problems aren’t far behind. While losing an hour of sleep might not seem like a big deal, the effects of that lost sleep can last much longer than just the following day. Many people find that after the daylight saving change, sleep issues can linger for quite some time. Seeing the sun earlier in the morning can disrupt your sleep/wake cycle, leaving you with a lack of energy and feeling drained and worn out. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to maintain a consistent sleep cycle through the time change and into the spring.
Daylight Saving Time Sleep Tips: Plus How CBD Can Help
Adjust to an earlier waking time
Since daylight saving time is well known for leading to disrupted and shortened sleep cycles, it may be helpful to prepare your body for the shift in time. In the days leading up to the change, try moving your waking time 15 minutes earlier each day to allow your body to adjust. You may find it beneficial to also move your bedtime accordingly so that you’re still getting the same amount of sleep, just shifted earlier. When the time change happens, you’ll already have started adapting to it and won’t find it as disruptive to your sleep schedule.
Establish a consistent bedtime routine
The sun is an important cue for your body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates when and how much you sleep. As you start to see daylight earlier in the day, your body will likely begin the waking process earlier. Similarly, as the days get longer, the evenings will be lighter, delaying when your body starts to register that it’s time to start preparing to sleep. In order to ensure that you’re getting enough sleep, a wind-down routine at the same time each night will help signal that bedtime is approaching. Some steps you may want to incorporate into your routine:
Switch off electronics an hour or so before bed.
If you prefer an evening shower, incorporate relaxing aromas and listen to soothing music to create a spa-like atmosphere.
Try journaling or meditation to release the day’s worries and stresses.
Turn off overhead lighting and use lower-wattage lamps instead.
By developing a routine that signals to your body that it’s time to rest, you’re more likely to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep, even as the timing of daylight changes throughout the season.
Spend time outside
Because the sun has such a significant effect on your circadian rhythm, spending time outdoors is a great way to let nature help guide your sleep cycle. Artificial light can mimic daylight effectively enough to help your sleep cycle, but exposure to the real thing will have the most impact. Even an hour or two of natural light during the day will not only boost your mood, but may help you get better sleep at night.
Stick to your CBD routine
Did you know your daily dose of CBD may also help you with the effects of daylight saving on your sleep? A consistent routine of Equilibria’s premium CBD can help support a healthy sleep cycle, so you can meet each day feeling rested and refreshed. Many of our members report that taking our Daily Drops about half an hour before bed helps them feel relaxed and ready to sleep. The effects of CBD are cumulative, so you’ll experience the most benefits with consistent daily use. If you’re not sure of the best daily CBD routine to help you achieve your sleep and wellness goals, our Dosage Specialists are here to help you find the products, dosage, and timing that’ll work best for you. Call or email to schedule your consultation and start getting the most out of your CBD.
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