Your Cart

Spring Forward to Better Sleep

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is around, meaning on the second Sunday of March, we dial our clocks forward by an hour. We lose an hour of sleep over the weekend and for some, it may take some time to adjust their body clocks. We will discuss the impact of daylight saving on our bodies and how to ease into this change to lessen the negative health effects of this sleep change.

Spring forward clock.

the Health and Fatal Impact of Spring Forward

The time change, albeit an hour, can disrupt our circadian rhythm, which regulates our 24-hour day and is highly influenced by light and dark. For those who wake up early, the sun will noticeably rise at a later time and in turn, the sun sets at a later hour. In the first few days or weeks, the disruption to your internal body clock can cause you to lose sleep, feel fatigued, and have less mental clarity. According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the time shift increases health risks such as heart attacks (a study shows that hospitals report a 24% spike every year on the Monday after the time shift), strokes, and mood disturbances. Furthermore, research from the University of Colorado Boulder has shown that traffic accidents increased by 6% in the first week after spring forward, highly due to tiredness in drivers and driving in the darker mornings.

Tips to Prepare for DST

  • Get adequate sleep – generally at least seven to eight hours of sleep before and after Spring Forward.
  • Gradually transition bedtimes – try to sleep 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night during the few days leading up to the time change.
  • Seek sunlight – make sure to get some sunlight by opening curtains or stepping outside to help your body adjust your internal clock after DST begins.
  • Exercise – even moderate exercise, like walking for 30 minutes at least three times a week can help you sleep better; just don’t exercise too close to bedtime!
  • Be wary of caffeine – while it may be tempting to reach for a cup of coffee after losing an hour of sleep, ensure you are drinking it at least 6 hours before bedtime.

How to Transition to Sleeping Earlier and Not Waking Up

We understand that for some of you, falling asleep is already difficult or for those that can fall asleep, they may have trouble staying asleep. As your partner in wellness, allow us to recommend some products to assist your sleep this daylight saving.

  • To fall asleep earlier: try our top-selling Sleep Gummies or Rest Capsules 30-60 minutes before bedtime. Both of these contain hemp-based CBD and 5mg of melatonin, which helps manage your sleep-wake cycle. CBD’s calming properties help you relax and prepare for restorative sleep, making it easier to fall asleep despite the time change. Make sure you get adequate sleep so you do not wake up groggy. Free samples of our Sleep Gummies are available here.
  • To stay asleep longer: try our delicious naturally peppermint-flavored Sleep Oil that is formulated to let you have uninterrupted and deep sleep. Available in over 1200 retail stores, it is surely a sought-after product for the sleepyheads!

Allay Today is Here to Help You

As always, contact us if you have any questions! We are your wellness partner and only source effective and quality products so you don’t need to do the guesswork. Also, Tuesday, March 19, known as the spring equinox, will be the first day of spring 2024 – so happy spring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *