Daylight savings this week gave us darker mornings and lighter evenings. By now, most us should be used to getting up an hour earlier. And going to bed earlier, too.
But some of us are going to find it harder than others.
If you’ve been barely getting enough sleep at night regularly, daylight savings can make you feel like you’ve got jet lag from traveling across the continent. Sleep experts say most people need 7 to 9 hours every night. About 30 percent of the population enjoys less than that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To set your body’s internal clock right, try these sleep strategies:
- Go to bed at the same time every day.
- Get up at the same time every day, even on the weekend.
- Avoid drinking alcohol.
- Avoid drinking caffeine.
- Exercise at least three hours before you go to bed to let your body cool down.
- Keep the room dark.
- Don’t turn on the light if you get up to use the bathroom. Use a night light if possible.
Sometimes sleep problems have nothing to do with daylight savings. Loud snoring, waking up constantly and gasping for air can be signs of a sleep disorder. Be sure to see a sleep specialist if your problems persist.
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