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Friday, 1st March

Preparation is key

Avoid feeling lethargic and drained of energy on that dreaded Monday morning by going to bed 10 to 15 minutes earlier in the days leading up to the change. According to Lisa Artis from the Sleep Council, sleep deprivation can weaken cognitive skills, such as attention and concentration, as well as leading to lower mood. Studies even show an increased rate of heart attacks, workplace injuries and traffic accidents in the days following the clocks going forward. So, it is really important for us to take precautions to make the adjustment as easy as possible.

Limit your lie in

Despite Sunday morning lie-ins being a much-needed weekend luxury, it is best to stop yourself from sleeping in too late. Too many hours of sleep may actually interfere with your body’s circadian rhythms.

 

So what can be done to prevent us from continuously “snoozing” that alarm?

Place your alarm at some distance from your bed. Getting out of the warm sanctuary of bed is the hardest part of the battle, so forcing yourself out to mute the grating sirens of your alarm puts you three steps ahead. Then you just have to fight against the temptation to get back in.

If this isn’t enough, why not download Wakie? Created by a network of people who struggle to rise in the morning, this platform enables you to wake up at the time you need to, without being hassled by piercing alarms. Instead, you will receive a 60-second call from another user; just long enough for your mind to be activated and for the initial morning fatigue to subside.

Change the clocks the night before

Another crucial element of preventing your routine being disrupted is changing the clocks the night before. Failing to do so, makes it increasingly difficult to remain on schedule the following morning, adding preventable stress and panic to the day.

Keep calm and carry on

Don’t panic if you can’t get to sleep at night. Allowing yourself to become anxious about the sleep you’re missing only prolongs the process of achieving it. There are various strategies which may help you nod off, such as distracting your mind with a book or spritzing your pillow with lavender oil. Lavender is proven to possess calming properties and can even induce drowsiness. Unsurprisingly, it is one of the most widely used sleep remedies across the globe.

Embrace the positive

Although the clocks going forward may cause disruption to our sleeping pattern, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look forward to it! There are a number of reasons we can look forward to the season turning to summer. The warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours will save us money on heating and electricity. We’ll also feel more energised and are less likely to fall ill.

So there you have it, all the necessary tips for skipping into summer with a smile on your face.

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