Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, which means most of the U.S. (some cities in Arizona and Indiana do not follow DST) will gain an hour at 2a.m. Sunday. While sleeping in an extra hour sounds better than losing one, it can still disrupt the sleep cycle.
However, those of us who have an internal alarm clock that wakes up with the sun might find the switch less of an annoyance. For those that mind sun in their eyes, follow along and learn sleep tips to adjust your sleep-wake cycle. You don’t want to be tired and grumpy and those around you don’t want you to be either.
Tip 1: Don’t Linger in Bed
Even though you have an extra hour don’t spend it in bed. Sleeping in longer than you need can leave you feeling more lethargic and tired for Monday morning. Instead use the time to go for a walk or hit the gym. Doing a little more work in that extra hour will help tire you out.
Tip 2: Try GUNA-Sleep
GUNA-Sleep, as seen on Dr. OZ, is a homeopathic blend of choice herbals and metabolic factors. It contains melatonin that work on the sleep mechanism through the circadian rhythms and through calming and regulating the nervous system.
Unlike heavy sedatives, GUNA-Sleep works in physiological pathways that calm the body naturally, using the body’s rhythms rather than harsh tranquilizing effects.
Tip 3: Set the Mood
As the weather gets colder outdoors, it’s tempting to turn up the heat. However, we sleep best in cooler temperatures. Adjust the thermostat before bedtime and replace light curtains with darker, heavier ones to block out the light.
Tip 4: Relax
It’s best to shut down the electronics before bed. Instead read a book, take a bath or practice mindfulness. There are great mindfulness apps to soothe your busy mind and reduce stress levels to help you achieve a deeper sleep. It’s easy for your mind to wander during mindfulness practice. Don’t get upset, simply take a deep breathe and start again. It helps to practice for 3 – 5 minutes per session until you see improvement.