Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour this Sunday, March 10th at 2:00 a.m. Sorry snoozers... it's that time of the year again. Get ready to Spring Forward with these 5 tips to help you survive the week ahead.
1. Go to bed a little bit earlier
We know this is easier said than done, but do your best to head to bed just a little bit earlier than usual this weekend. When you slowly shift your body into a time change it will help your body natural adjust. According to Dr. Matt Walker, "Every hour of sleep before midnight is worth two after midnight". Do your best to ease your body into the time change this weekend.
2. Turn off Electronics an hour before Bed
Avoid using electronics before going to sleep. This can be difficult to do, but it is best to resist the urge to check social media, watch Netflix, or check your email. The blue light that is emitted from electronics pose a danger to sleep habits. According to the Washington Post, Blue light prevents the "release of melatonin, a hormone associated with nighttime".
3. Eat your Greens
Your Mother was right... eat your vegetables! Leafy greens are packed with sleep-inducing vitamins and minerals like magnesium, iron, and vitamin D. There are plenty of ways to make sure you get your dose of greens this weekend! Try starting your day with an organic green juice from a local place like Press'd!
4. Get your Exercise on
Adding an exercise routine to your daily habits may improve sleep and reduce anxiety. Exercise can be as simple as going for a walk! A regular exercise routine has been scientifically proven to contribute to a healthier, more restful sleep. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, "People who engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise may see a difference in sleep quality that same night".
5. Ease up on the Caffeine
We know how easy it is to depend on coffee throughout the day. Try to avoid drinking coffee after lunchtime. Caffeine can stay in your system for hours after the initial time of being consumed. This weekend do your best to ease up on that second cup of coffee to prepare yourself for a better night's sleep.