To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
Bible -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 .
In many parts of the world this is the time for folks to "fall back" just like, every spring, we "spring forward." Someone jokingly remarked that attempting to squeeze more hours out of the day using Daylight Saving was like trying to make a piece of rope longer by cutting off one end and tying it on the other end.
There always seems to be more hoopla-la over the springtime switch. However, for many people, especially those with circadian rhythm sleep disorders such as delayed sleep phase syndrome, for people who are trying to keep on a strict schedule because of insomnia and for shift workers, any change in their sleep patterns can be disconcerting.
What are some ways to cope with this time change?
- Start on the new system immediately. Don't "waste time" by trying to let your body adjust slowly. You could have started making this adjustments a week or more ago, but, if you didn't, be sure you set the clock back the night before the time change, and go to bed on the new time. In the morning, don't even think about yesterday's time. The time on your clock is the time it REALLY is!
- Avoid things like late night parties or over-indulgence in food or alcohol. Go to bed early to assure you'll be rested in the morning.
- The Better Sleep Council suggests that this is a good time to evaluate the condition of your mattress. To do this, ask yourself these questions:
- Are you sleeping better or worse than you were a year ago?
- Do you wake up feeling stiff and sore?
- Are there visible signs of wear and tear on your mattress?
- Would a new mattress improve the quality of your sleep?
- Use your answers to decide if maybe it's time for a new mattress.
- Also, from the Better Sleep council, comes the suggestion that you make this the time you perform a household check-up for your family's safety, health and comfort:
- Check smoke detectors: Do the batteries need to be replaced?
- Check your mattress: Does it help you sleep well? Or prevent good sleep?
- Check your heating system: Is it ready for colder weather?
- Check your closets: Are winter wardrobes clean and repaired?
And cheer up. In a few days, you can forget all about the time change - until next spring, that is.
Published On: October 31, 2008