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Time Change & Your Sleep Schedule

How to Manage the Time Change

Light is the primary cue for how well we sleep. We might all have different sleep schedules, but the morning sun tends to be a strong beacon to get out of bed. Regardless of your personal bedtime and rising habits, the seasonal time changes can disrupt your sleep.
sleep and time change

If you tend to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night, then just going to bed a little bit later for a few nights before the time change may help you adjust more quickly. But if you get by on 6 hours or less more often than not, you may have more trouble adapting.

Try to avoid alcohol or caffeine before bedtime and minimize or eliminate using electronics or watching TV. Those light cues trick your brain into wakefulness making adjustments to the time change more difficult. And don’t stay up extra late Saturday night…which admittedly may be a bit tricky if you’re going to a Halloween party.

Most importantly, if you have trouble sleeping or feel fatigued even with a so-called “decent” night’s sleep, we can help. Avoid any spooky consequences — like drowsy driving —and visit us to get your sleep health on track.

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