I am one of those people who wake up without an alarm (unless I have a 4 am plane to catch and then, yes, I need an alarm). My body just normally starts stirring at the same time every day about 6:30 am. I love it!
I have, to be honest, I am not a fan of the daylight savings time change, it throws me for a loop every time. Whether we are spring forward or falling back it really upsets my circadian rhythms leaving me feeling a little bit off – not quite myself for a week or two after the change.
New York pulmonologist and sleep specialist Nicholas Rummo of Northern Westchester Hospital's Center for Sleep Medicine says, "The day or two after, people aren't quite alert," he says. "Most people might feel it Monday into Tuesday."
Ahh… you are now seeing why I decided to make March’s theme: Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life. Yes, I wanted to talk about how to improve your sleep and handle daylight saving time because it impacts all of us (except Arizona and Hawaii, you guys got it right on this one).
"Losing an hour is harder than gaining an hour," says Steven Feinsilver, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "It's sort of like a mini jet lag."
So if you are really feeling this daylight saving time change, or you have sleep disturbances even without the time change, you might want to think about how to get better sleep.
In the last few years, I have noticed that my patients have increasingly included sleep disturbances as one of their top concerns for treatment. The first step to treating sleep disturbances is to create sleep rituals or sleep hygiene that you practice every night. Our body likes rhythms so when you do the same thing every night it lets your body know that it is time to prepare for sleep.
Here is an article that I have written about sleep hygiene.
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To Your One Sweet Life,