This Sunday, November 6th, at 2 a.m. most Canadians will be turning back their clocks by an hour. While we can enjoy gaining an hour’s sleep, Daylight Savings can get our body clock out of sync and we may need time to adjust to the change. Here are a few tips from our experts on how to get the most out of “falling back.”
- Get lots of light when you wake up -> This signals your body that it’s time to wake up. Turning on a light and/or opening the blinds will help.
- Schedule regular mealtimes -> Eating breakfast in the morning not only gives you energy and nourishment, but it also tells your body that it’s time to start the day.
- We also recommend limiting caffeine and alcohol intake especially late in the day -> A drink may help you fall asleep, but won’t keep you asleep for too long.
For more information about Daylight Savings Time and advice on how to best survive it, check out the Globe and Mail’s article featuring our Director of Education, Dr. James MacFarlane: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/conditions/health-sleep/5-ways-to-survive-the-end-of-daylight-savings-time/article2225568/