A Daylight Savings Survival Guide
March can be a great month. It’s the month that brings us officially into spring. It’s a time for the weather to warm and for you to complete your to-do list. However, it’s also daylight savings, where we set our clocks an hour ahead.
Many people underestimate how time change can alter everything in your life. It can throw off your schedule, disrupt your sleep and morning routines. However, there are things that you can do to keep yourself on a healthy regimen. Below are tips you can implement to help cope with daylight savings time change.
- Prepare In Advance: One way to stay ahead of any minor or major changes in your life is to prepare. Preparing a few days in advance can help your body ease into your new schedule. This can entail going to bed 15-30 minutes earlier than you typically do.
- Sleep Hygiene: Going to bed early to get your body adjusted to the hour of lost sleep due to the time change isn’t enough. Good sleep hygiene is required and includes: avoiding caffeine, visual stimulants such as cell phones, computers, and television screens close to bedtime. It also helps to keep your room cool, as this reduces the chances of night sweats. Developing a calm bedtime routine such as meditation, a bubble bath, or reading a book can improve sleep quality.
- Limit Caffeine: Because you will be going to bed earlier, you will need to be able to fall asleep without issues. Caffeine consumption can exacerbate sleeplessness, which is also a symptom of hormonal imbalance. Too much of it can stay in your system and keep you up all night. Studies1 also show a potential link between excess caffeine consumption and exacerbating hot flashes, specifically in menopausal women.
- Avoid Naps: Napping can be problematic for those that have trouble falling asleep. If you tend to take an afternoon snooze, consider skipping it. This is especially true since you’re trying to get your body on a new sleep and wake schedule due to the time change. Avoiding naps can better help you prepare to get to sleep early.
- Exercise Outdoors: During the day, take advantage of the warming spring weather by masking up, protecting your skin with sunblock, and exercising outdoors. Outdoor exercise helps to boost your vitamin D intake, which can improve your sleep-wake cycle. Don’t forget when exercising to dress in breathable material to reduce trapping sweat and exacerbating hot flashes. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, too. As you sweat from hot flashes and exercise, you lose a lot of water. Reduce chances of dehydration by consuming plenty of H2O.
Maintaining proper sleep hygiene, exercise, and general routine can help you feel energized when time springs forward. These tips can also help you adequately manage perimenopause and menopause symptoms instead of feeling sluggish. Additionally, incorporate Amberen Perimenopause or Amberen Menopause into your daily health regimen. Our clinically tested, hormone-free, drug-free, and herb-free formulations were designed to offer multi-symptom relief for amazing women just like you.
This blog post and the recommendations made herein are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used as healthcare advice. Individuals are encouraged to consult their healthcare provider with questions about their specific needs.
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