A good and strong healthy lifestyle requires a consistent and healthy level of sleep. Unfortunately, the time change in spring (thank you, Daylight Saving’s Time!) often throws many women for a loop. That one-hour change can be challenging to adapt to because your body is used to a different sleep schedule. Here are a few ways you can adapt to this change with minimal difficulty.
Turn Off Your Phone and Computer Before Bed
The blue light from your computer and phone tricks your mind into thinking that it is day and causes you to stay awake longer than necessary. We know that catching up with your girls on Facebook messenger is often easier to do at night. And we also have a hard time not watching the latest hilarious YouTube video just before bed. But you need to turn off these distractions to avoid lying awake for hours.
Turn Down Your Home’s Temperature
Most people sleep better if the temperature is a little cooler in their bedroom rather than too warm. So try to turn on your central air or add a personal air conditioner to your bedroom window to keep it cooler. You typically need about 20 BTUs per square foot of space for an AC unit. So make sure to keep this fact in mind when planning your improved heating and cooling process.
Get In Some Exercise
Have you been working out enough since the change in time? Not many women work out as much as they should, which is why so many of us end up lying awake in bed at night, full of energy. You don’t need to become a two-hour-a-day maniac to get sleep benefits from exercise. Even a 20-30 minute walk around the block with your kids or partner should provide some benefits for your sleep and provide a healthy lifestyle.
Keep Your Sheets Fresh
Fresh sheets are more important than you’d think for sleep. Dirty sheets contain large amounts of skin particles that may trigger allergic reactions or minor breathing problems. So try to clean your sheets at least once every two to four weeks or so. When planning to buy new sheets, remember that the dimension of a standard queen bed is 60 inches by 80 inches. This information should make it easier for you to plan for your new sheets.
The day’s difficulties can be very troubling for many people to overcome without a bit of help. For example, meditation is a powerful way of relaxing the mind just before bed and making sleep easier. Some people may think that meditation sounds way too New Age or complex. However, it can be as simple as clearing your mind and letting anxious thoughts waft away.
Cut Back on Non-Water Drinks
Alcohol and caffeine can upset your sleep cycle and cause personal problems that adversely affect a healthy lifestyle. For example, even a first DUI offense can include license suspension, fines, community service, mandatory alcohol program attendance, and more. Nothing will throw your sleep schedule out of wack more than waking up in a jail cell! So put the wine glass down and start drinking water before bed.
Go to Bed at the Same Time Each Night
We understand that the weekend is a fun time and that you may feel compelled to stay up later and party to take advantage of it. However, doing so will throw your body’s sleep schedule out of focus. If you’re struggling to sleep, you need to go to bed at the same time every night. Doing so may not be that exciting, but it helps ensure that you get the best sleep experience possible for your needs.
Remember: Consistency is Important!
The most important thing to remember about this situation is that you need to remain consistent with all of these steps. The body thrives regularly and often experiences real issues if you change too much without a smooth transition.