This Sunday we will "spring forward" an hour, which means you'll be adding more daylight to your days -- but also losing a precious hour of sleep.
Even a small amount of sleep loss will affect your circadian rhythm, resulting in disrupted sleep.
It can take up to a week for your body to adjust to the time change, and lack of sleep can lead to health issues.
Studies have linked short-term sleep deprivation with irritability, lack of focus and a weakened immune system.
Lack of sleep also affects your diet, leading to eating larger portions, and a preference of high calorie, high carb foods, resulting in the likelihood of choosing unhealthy foods when grocery shopping.
That means that short-term sleep loss can set you up for colds, the flu, weight gain and mood swings.
So, are you ready for daylight savings time?
Luckily, there are ways to prep for the time change and get proper sleep to stay healthy!
Here are a few ways to prepare and get the proper sleep for good health:
· Stay away from caffeine for at least six hours before bed.
· Go to bed earlier. This way your body can adapt to the time change easier.
· Exercise early in the day. Even moderate exercise will help you sleep better.
· Resist the urge to take a nap. You will have an easier time falling asleep at night.
· Avoid bright light in the evening. By dimming the lights at night, your body will relax, and it will help to adjust your internal clock.
· Turn off your computer, TV’s and tablets an hour before bedtime. Read a book and relax!
· If you do have difficulty with sleep, taking melatonin can promote restful sleep.
Now you are ready for Sunday’s time change!