How To Beat The Effects of the Clocks Going Forward
Sunday saw the arrival of British Summer Time, as the clocks went forward again after the long cold winter. Whilst there are undoubted benefits to the clocks going forward, longer days, warmer weather and lighter mornings, it’s time to face the fact that we’ve lost an hour of sleep – so how can we beat it?
The clocks going forward means we all lose one hour of sleep, until October when they go back again. Believe it or not, even this seemingly small change has an effect on our bodies and minds. In this blog, we take a look at these effects and how we can solve them.
Most people equate a lack of sleep with an increase in grumpiness, but the very fact that you’re more tired than usual can have some serious consequences for your health. By losing even just half an hour of sleep you’re disrupting the natural rhythm of hormones produced by your body, leading to a higher risk of conditions like diabetes and obesity. And losing an hour of sleep can impact on your mental health, making it difficult to concentrate and lead to depression.
It’s amazing just how much impact losing only an hour’s sleep can have. So how can you battle against the loss of your sleep time and keep your body and mind healthy?
We’ve written a few short tips that can help make you less tired, this British Summer Time.
Avoid A Lie In
When people miss out on sleep, they naturally think that they can catch up by having a lie-in on the weekend. Big mistake. Having a lie-in won’t make your body less tired, in fact it is more likely to impact on your night’s sleep. We know it’s tempting, especially if you’re in one of our comfortable beds, but try not to oversleep at the weekend. Instead, get up and enjoy the day!
Exercise, even if it’s just a quick stroll or a few star jumps in the bedroom, is a great way to wake you up. Half an hour in the morning when you wake up will give you the energy boost you need, and help you to keep fit and healthy!
Don’t Lie Awake
If you’re struggling to drop off, the worst thing to do is to sit up at night watching the alarm clock ticking over. The reason you’re not able to get to sleep is because your body is at rest but your mind is too active. Get out of bed and read a book, or listen to some music and try to switch off. Try to avoid watching TV or checking your smartphone. These items give off blue light which affects the production of melatonin in your body, and makes it harder for you to fall asleep.
No caffeine or Alcohol
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys a glass of wine or a cup of coffee in the evening, then you’re having an impact on your sleep. Alcohol and caffeinated drinks can prevent you from getting to sleep, even if you consume them up to 6 hours before hitting the hay. Instead, try a warm glass of milk or just a glass of pure water before you go to bed. These will be better for your health in the long run as well.
If you’re still struggling to get to sleep following the loss of your hour, then try these simple techniques to improve the quality of your sleep and let us know how you get on!
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