Daylight saving time occurred this weekend and for many, it leaves us feeling groggy and extra tired. For those who struggle with insomnia or work rotating schedules, this one-hour shift in time can cause even more difficulty in getting restful and restorative sleep. You may feel a bit jet-lagged as a result.
According to holistic therapist Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC there are several things we can do to make the adjustment more easily:
- First, plan and give yourself a chance to adjust. Beginning tonight, stick to a healthy sleep routine and try to get to bed a bit earlier than usual.
- Next, set your alarm for your usual awakening time and try to get outdoors for natural light for 5-10 minutes upon awakening. This will help to reset your natural clock.
- For those in cold weather climates, this may not be possible. Try to get outdoors at some point during the day to absorb natural light.
- Try essential oils such as Lavender in the evening to help you relax and prepare for sleep.
- Avoid extra caffeine, instead try inhaling Peppermint essential oil which is uplifting and energizing.
- Be sure to exercise and get your body moving – it is an excellent way to reset your circadian rhythm.
- Pay attention and adjust the timing of other actions that are time cues for your body. This could mean adjusting normal exercise times or meal times.
If you are unable to adjust within a few days by following these tips, supplemental melatonin may be helpful. But, be sure to check with your physician before taking any new supplements, even over the counter ones.