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November 04, 2011

Augusta, GA  - It’s that time of year to set back the clock, but falling back an hour doesn’t have to mean falling back on your sleep.

It’s very common for people to be groggy or have difficulty waking up  in the mornings following daylight saving time.  Sleep is the most natural way to rest your body and when the time changes, our bodies do not always catch up as quickly.

Tips on how to gear up for the change on Sunday:

  1. Try to maintain your regular bedtime and wake times on Saturday night.
  2. Block out light and keep your sleeping area as dark as possible.  Some people wear a night mask.
  3. Increase the light when you wake up.  As cruel and shocking to the eyes as it may be, the more light the better

Lying in bed tossing, turning and looking at the ceiling can be awful.  Even when we are not trying to “save time”, there are a few things we can do to promote better sleep.

  1. Sleep only when ready to sleep
  2. If you can’t fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do something boring until you feel sleepy
  3. Don’t take naps
  4. Get up and go to bed at the same time every day (even weekends)
  5. Refrain from exercise at least 4 hours before bedtime
  6. Only use your bed for sleeping
  7. Have a light snack before bed
  8. Take a hot bath 90 minutes before bedtime
  9. Make sure your bed and bedroom are quiet and comfortable
  10. Use sunlight to set your biological clock

Keep in mind that falling back is much easier than springing forward!

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