So, that's what happens with the time but how well do you cope when the clocks change? It can certainly throw your body clock out of sync while you try to adjust and it's not just bedtime that you need to be concerned about. The University of Alabama published research showing we are 10% more at risk of a heart attack in the first two days following the clock changing. It's a combination of sleep deprivation and our internal body clocks being out of kilter.
To help save yourself from this potential risk you need to make some changes on the weekend the clocks change. Aim to wake up 30 minutes earlier than you need to on both the Saturday and Sunday to help your body prepare for the Monday.
Eat breakfast - not just a weekend coffee - and go for a brisk walk to get the early morning sunlight on you. Or at least the early morning daylight.
Your internal clocks will react to the light, the food intake and the exercise to enable your body to naturally sync with the change in the environment. And these small changes can be enough to reduce the level of adverse health issues on Monday.
But how are you going to get to sleep? It is normally bedtime that causes more people problems when the clocks change. The best plan is to try to keep regular sleep hours by going to bed and waking up at the same times each day. This creates a sleep pattern that your body gets used to.
Parents are advised to gradually change their children's bedtime to get them to still sleep through and the same advice works for adults too. You need to make incremental changes to your bedtime to gradually shift your sleep pattern. That means during the week before the clocks change start going to bed 10 or 15 minutes earlier/later. If this seems too much try to at least do this on the day before the clocks change. Plan to have a calm week leading up to the clocks changing so you are well-rested.
Switch the light on when you wake up and try to have your bedroom as bright as possible on the first morning when clocks change.
During the days after the clocks change try and spend more time outside as the natural light will help to resynchronise your internal body clock.
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