1. It’s important to expose yourself to as much daylight as possible and keep windows open as dusk falls – this signals the brain about when we should be winding down for the day. Natural light assists in the levels of melatonin, the sleep inducing hormone.
2. Adjusting your meals and exercise about an hour before they normally happen helps to get you ready for the actual time shift.
3. Avoiding naps will help your body naturally adjust to the time change.
4. It’s important to keep to your regular bedtime. You may not sleep in and you may feel jet lagged.
5. Exercise helps the body advance the clock and adjust to the change as well as helping have a deeper sleep.
6. A nice warm bath results in a quick drop of body temperature when you get out. This mimics the natural drop in core body temperature that happens as we start to fall asleep and can help you ease into a calm sleep.