If you live in the United States with us, you may or may not be looking forward to “falling back” an hour for Daylight Saving Time (DST) on Sunday, November 5. The autumn time change is sometimes the favored DST event because for many people it means an extra hour of sleep at night. However, any time change event means changes to our body’s sleep cycle which we have to adjust to. What are some ways we can deal with Daylight Saving Time? Here are a few ideas that work for us.
Keep Your Body and Mind Active During the Day
Your habits during the day can affect how well you sleep at night. It’s important to keep your body and mind active during the day so your body can sleep easier when you need it to. Yoga and meditation are two popular ways to help someone achieve better rest at night. Check out our related blog, Yoga, Meditation, and Sleep, for more information.
Incorporate Naps in Your Daily Routine
Believe it or not, taking some time to catch some ZZZ’s during the day could actually help you get better sleep at night! Napping during the day can help your body make important mental connections and support rejuvenation, leading to less stress, better mood, and less worries keeping you up at night. Check out our related blogs on the subject, 5 Reasons to Take More Naps
and Power Nap Essentials
Eat the Right Foods for Better Sleep
What we put into our bodies through food and drink can majorly impact how well we sleep at night. If you’re hoping to rest better, looking at your diet may be a natural way to get better sleep. Learn more about food ingredients with our blog, Sleep Better Naturally with a Better Sleep Diet, and learn about other natural sleep aids with our blog, 5 Natural Sleep Aids to Try.
Upgrade Your Sleep Environment
Is your nightly sleep environment doing you any favors, or is it actually hurting your chances for a better night’s sleep? Paying attention to sleep environment factors such as organization, lighting, temperature, and other factors might be your key to making the Daylight Saving Time adjustment a little easier this year! Check out our blog on the subject, 5 Sleep Environment Upgrades for Better Sleep
Don’t Let Artificial Light Interfere with Your Sleep
Artificial light from everyday technology can wreak havoc on our sleep cycles. The “blue light” from cell phone, tablets, alarms clocks, computers, and other electronic devices can disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm, making it harder for you to fall asleep at night. If you want to learn more, check out our blog, Artificial Light and How it Affects Sleep
. One great way to block artificial light while you sleep is to use a light blocking sleep mask. Our SleepSwag silk eye masks are a great natural way to get better sleep at night. Check out our crazy comfortable, fashionably stylish options in our online store
. Before you go, check out our related Daylight Saving Time blog from earlier this year, Celebrating Sleep Awareness Week
. Sweet Dreams! --The SleepSwag Team