But there are a few facts that we should think about when the clocks change.
It affects more than our sleep.
Here is a list of facts:
- Car accidents increase by 8%
- Heart attacks increase by 5 %
- Harsher court sentences increase by 5 %
- Hospitals report an increase in a 11% increase in depressive moods
- Students SAT scores are lower
- Injury rates at work are higher compared to other parts of the year.
You might be thinking?
"How can 1 hour do this? I deal with the change just fine."
That's great, but we shouldn't ignore the fact that we all get affected by this change. Especially if we have been dealing with issues in our sleep and stress prior to the time change.
So how can we deal with this going forward?
Try these simples actions to help keep you productive through the time changes.
- Develop a night time routine that helps you prime your body to sleep.
- Select a bedtime that keeps you in the right sleep cycle for a better nights rest.
- Limit your caffeine intake. Caffeine consumed in the afternoon will keep you awake at night.
- Limit your alcohol intake. Again, another sleep disrupter.
- Decrease your nap times to adjust your night time routine.
- Avoid eating or snacking 2 hours prior to bedtime.
Mild disruptions can lead to bigger consequences down the road.
Its always in your best interest to know the facts and have the know how to counteract mild disruptions so our progress remains consistent.
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