Embracing Daylight Saving Time

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Spring Forward with Healthy Sleep!

As daylight saving time rolls in, it’s not just the clocks that spring forward—that hour of sleep leaps right out the window, too! This can be a bit of a hiccup for anyone, but it can be an extra challenge for older adults and those battling sleep apnea. Fear not: we’ve gathered some strategies to help you adjust without missing a beat.

Shine with the Sun

Let’s talk about the magic of sunlight. Morning light is like nature’s alarm clock—it tells your body it’s time to wake up and get moving. Soaking in those early rays helps reset your internal clock to harmonize with the new time. When evening rolls around, dial down the artificial lights and give screens a rest to let your body know it’s time to wind down. This is a gentle nudge for your circadian rhythms, helping you adjust smoothly.

A Cozy Nest for Optimal Rest

Creating a sleep haven can make all the difference in the quality of your sleep. Think cool, dark, and quiet. Sticking to your treatment routine with your CPAP or Bi-Level machine is vital for healthy sleep for those with sleep apnea, but it’s not the only step you can take. Whether it’s investing in blackout curtains, exploring the soothing hum of a white noise machine, or otherwise ensuring your bedroom is a tranquil retreat, setting the stage for a peaceful slumber really works!

Sleep Hygiene: Your Nightly Rituals

Consistency is your best friend when it comes to sleep hygiene. Try to keep your bedtime and wake-up times steady, even when the temptation to sleep in a bit longer on weekends calls. Cultivate a pre-sleep ritual that relaxes you—maybe a warm bath, a good book, or some gentle yoga stretches. These acts signal to your body that it’s time to wind down and drift off to a healthy, restorative night’s sleep.

Nap Smart

Napping isn’t off the table, but think of it as a power-up — not a catch-up. Short, early afternoon naps can refresh you without spoiling your nighttime sleep appetite. Aim for those quick, rejuvenating 20-minute snoozes to recharge your batteries.

A Lifestyle That Loves Sleep

Good sleep hygiene doesn’t stop at the bedroom door; it’s a lifestyle! Your daily habits play a starring role in how well you sleep. Regular exercise, a nutritious diet, and hydration all support healthy sleep. Steer clear of known sleep saboteurs like heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol.

A Friendly Reminder

Adjusting to daylight saving time doesn’t have to be a chore. With a bit of planning and some positive adjustments, it can be an opportunity to refresh your sleep habits and embrace the longer days with zest. Here’s to brighter days and restful nights ahead!

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