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Daylight Savings Time is right around the corner, and that means it's time to prepare your body for the early sunrise.
When Daylight Savings rolls around in March 2023, you'll want to be sure you're ready to adjust your routine to minimize the effects the change can have on your body. Here are some simple steps you can take now so that it will be much easier on yourself later.
Set Your Light Alarm
A good way to prepare for daylight savings time is by setting your regular alarm clock one hour earlier so that the sun will wake you up instead of the buzzer.
If possible, try to use a light alarm clock instead of an audible one. They're designed with bright lights and gentle sounds that are easier on the eyes and ears than other types of alarms and won't disturb others who share space with you in bed (or elsewhere).
Add Extra Sunlight
If you're looking to make the most of the daylight hours, try adding more natural light to your day. The amount of sunlight exposure each person needs varies based on age, but even 15 minutes a day can help regulate our circadian rhythm and energize us.
Natural light comes from the sun, so if you're not able or willing to step outside in the morning or evening hours when there's less artificial light around (such as during work), consider bringing some indoor plants into your home or office to add color and energy to your space.
The Right Supplements
The easiest thing you can do to support your circadian rhythm is to take the right supplements to support restful sleep and optimal energy levels during the day.
Melatonin, our Energy, Memory, & Mood Enhancer supplement, and B-complex support your sleep schedule at night and start the day off right in the morning. Our EMME supplement supports your circadian rhythm (aka your body’s clock) and quality sleep as well as supporting balanced energy.
If you have a hard time falling asleep at night, take melatonin 30 minutes before bedtime to signal to your body it’s time for rest. During the day, B-complex supports healthy energy levels during the day.
L-theanine supports lower stress levels. This is beneficial during Daylight Savings Time so that you won't be waking up in the middle of the night feeling restless or “off” when your body feels the time change.
Limit Blue Light
One of the best ways to prepare your body for Daylight Savings Time is by limiting your exposure to blue light at night.
Blue light is found in electronic screens, TVs, cell phones, and other devices that emit a “blue hue”. It can disrupt your circadian rhythm (your body's natural sleep-wake cycle) and suppress melatonin production--the hormone that helps you get sleepy at night.
The problem with blue light isn't just limited to nighttime use--it can also affect your sleep during the day if you're using electronic devices right before bedtime or in the middle of the night while trying to fall asleep again after waking up during those first few weeks following DST changes.
Consistent Sleep Schedule
You'll want to create a consistent sleep schedule to get the most out of your sleep. A good way to do this is by making sure that you go to bed at the same time every night--and wake up at the same time every morning.
If you're having trouble sticking with your new routine, try setting an alarm on your phone or computer so that it reminds you when it's time for bed. Another option is setting up a "bedtime" reminder in your phone calendar.
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Daylight Savings Time can be draining and mess with our bodies’ schedules, but with the right care, you can minimize the negative impact by supporting your energy and sleep. You don’t need to change everything at once — start by making one change every week until you’re on track.
In addition, to support healthy, steady energy levels and quality sleep during the clock change, take the right combination of supplements, as mentioned above.
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