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Five Ways to Adjust to Daylight Saving Time

A lot of people have trouble falling asleep on time after we spring forward.

But here are five things you can do to help you adjust to the time change:

1.  Get some exercise today. Even a brisk walk can help your body crave sleep a little more and compensate for that extra hour. Just don’t do it too late in the day. The Better Sleep Council says no later than two hours before bedtime.

2.  Skip that extra cup of coffee later in the day. Caffeine stays in your body up to 12 hours. And even if you swear it doesn’t affect your sleep, it won’t hurt to cut yourself off a little early.

3.  Don’t eat dinner too late. Try to eat at least three hours before bed. Later than that can mess with your sleep.

4.  Don’t drink tonight. Alcohol can help you fall asleep faster, but the quality of your sleep suffers. So if you’re trying to adjust and get a good night’s sleep, best to avoid the booze.

5.  Put your phone away. You’ve heard it a million times, but the blue light messes with your hormones and keeps you up (even if you put the “blue light filter” on. And the stimulation from scrolling or playing games makes it harder for your brain to relax. So if you need to fall asleep tonight, stop using your phone and computer at least one hour before bed.

 

(Real Simple)


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