Will daylight saving affect your sleep?

Will daylight saving affect your sleep?

Daylight saving time officially ended on Sunday, November 6.

Every Fall, North America gets ready to turn its clocks back an hour, marking the end of daylight saving time (DST).

The alterations in timing due to transitions to and from DST cause misalignment between the circadian biological clock.

Shifting schedules abruptly even if it is just one hour can affect sleep patterns for many.

However, the good news is that there are ways you can maintain healthy sleep cycles during the year.

1. You can do what is called ‘sleep restriction,’ where you have the same bedtime and same wake-up time, no matter the time of year.

2. Avoiding naps as much as possible will help to save up your sleep drive for the night to make it easier to fall asleep.

3. Avoid caffeine and avoid bright light in the evening.

4. Get exposed to light and exercise when you wake up, as well.

5. Set a sleep goal and stick to it. If it's 7.5 hours ensure you get that many hours of sleep.