Springing Ahead One Hour, Tips to Help Your Body Adjust

On Sunday, we will be springing forward, moving our clocks up one hour for daylight saving time.

“Part of me loves the fact that we get to have sunshine so much later in the day. But I really hate losing that last hour of sleep,” said Kaycie Ramsey.

Moving our clocks ahead means losing an hour of sleep.

“The connection between sleep and overall health is actually quite vast, and it’s really important for both our mental health and our physical health,” said Cassie Sobelton, Founder and CEO of Wellness Collection.

Sobelton says the first week following the time change comes with some risks.

“When we lose an hour of our sleep, it takes us about a week to catch up from that. During that week, we’re going to find ourselves that we have less memory. We’re going to have little cognitive function problems,” said Sobelton.

Something you can do to make the transition easier is to stick to a schedule.

“What time we go to bed, what time we wake up, darkened our room as much as possible because obviously circadian rhythms are affected,” said Sobelton.

If you find it hard to fall asleep, Sobelton recommends taking a melatonin supplement, but know your dosage for it to work properly.

“What’s interesting about melatonin is a lot of people think that the more you take, the more effective it’s going to be. It’s actually not true,” said Sobelton. “Melatonin as you go up in strength actually counteracts on itself. The key with melatonin is to take a very small amount. One to three milligrams is usually ideal.

Another tip to help you fall asleep is taking a warm bath.

“It is a really great way to settle the body down. Just the warmth and the comfort will help us get to sleep earlier.”

At the end of the day, one hour forward means warmer days ahead.