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How to Survive Daylight Saving Time

By Donna Stark

Generally, Daylight Saving Time isn't that big of a deal. You get the notifications on your phone reminding you to change your clocks, you go to bed, you wake up, you notice the sky looks brighter, and then you get on with your life. But if you are someone who already struggles with getting quality sleep, daylight saving time could be a little more problematic for you. Take a look at the suggestions your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic recommend. They may be able to help this time of year pass by more smoothly.

Try Going to Bed Earlier

If you have had trouble dealing with daylight-savings time in the past, try doing something different this year. A week before the day to change your clocks arrives, start going to bed earlier. Go to bed 10 minutes earlier the first few days, then try 15 or 20 minutes earlier, and end the week with a bedtime that is at least 30 minutes earlier than usual. This way, you won't be affected by that lost hour as much as you used to be.

Plan for Some Naps

If the earlier bedtime routine doesn't appeal to you, you can always plan on taking some extra naps the first few days after you change your clocks. Don't make the mistake of napping for too long, though. Keep your naps short and sweet, and as far away from your bedtime as possible. The perfect length of time for a nap is 20 to 30 minutes.

Be Consistent With Your Fitness Routine

Exercise isn't only beneficial for your physical and mental health, it's also very helpful when it comes time to get a good night of sleep. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day and like your naps, don't exercise late in the evening. Doing so may disrupt your body's ability to fall asleep.

Check Your Sleeping Environment

The suggestions above will only work if your bedroom is truly designed to be an environment that is conducive to sleep. The general recommendations for good rest are to keep your room quiet, dark, and cool, to turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed, and to sleep on a quality mattress with clean bedding and supportive pillows.

Surviving Daylight Saving Time

Don't let Daylight Saving Time turn your life upside down. Stay in control of how you feel by effectively managing this time of year with the suggestions above. Who knows? This may be the first year that you aren't affected at all!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wentzville, Mo.

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