This Sunday, November 6 marks the end of Daylight Savings time. As we ‘fall back’ an hour, many of us will take the opportunity to benefit from that extra hour of sleep; however, that extra hour could prove disruptive to those who have issues sleeping.
Sleep has been the subject of health studies for decades. This week alone, there were three reports published confirming that sleep deprivation could lead to a heart attack, weight gain in teens and pre-term labor.
Daylight Savings Time is a great time to evaluate your sleep habits. Follow these 10 steps to sleep better:
- Exercise during the day and allow plenty of wind down time before going to bed;
- Consistency is key. Go to bed when you are sleepy and stick to a set rise time;
- Take advantage of the daylight, especially in the winter months;
- Eat dinner several hours before bed to allow your body time to fully digest the food;
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption; while it might help you fall asleep, it will not be a restful, recuperative sleep;
- Don’t watch TV, work or play on your computer in bed;
- Avoid stressful activities before bed;
- Put your thoughts to sleep—jot down a to-do list for the next day to avoid racing thoughts while in bed;
- Dim the lights and listen to quiet music before heading to bed;
- Take a hot shower and get into a cool bed.