This Sunday March 14, 2021 at 2 am officially begins Daylight Savings Time. This is often viewed as a sign that winter is behind us, so we happily welcome this time change.
However, while most all of believe it is no big deal and we are only losing one hour of sleep, in reality it can have some potentially adverse effects on a person’s well-being thereafter.
According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), there is evidence of increased risks of cardiovascular events and mood disturbances following the “spring forward” time change. Below are some tips to help reduce a time change effect:
- If you are drowsy midday on March 14, a short nap can be helpful. However, do not take one close to your regular bedtime to avoid disrupting nighttime sleep pattern.
- Create a sleep-friendly environment that is dark, quiet, relaxed, and comfortable.
- Have a relaxing habit before bedtime for example, soaking in a hot bath, listening to calming music, or reading a book.
- Follow a consistent bed and wake time that permits for adequate sleep, including the weekends.
- Make sure to get as much natural light exposure each morning, then reduce lighting and all electronic devices as early as possible in the evening.
Wishing everyone a bright, warm, healthy, and enjoyable Spring!
Stay safe & be well,