Simple Tips on Adjusting to Daylight Savings 'Fall Back'

The term ‘fall back’ refers to the end of daylight savings to remind us to turn our clocks back one hour.

The term ‘fall back’ refers to the end of daylight savings to remind us to turn our clocks back one hour. For many of us, getting an extra hour of sleep is a welcome change and may help us sleep better.

While turning our clocks forward one hour at the start of daylight savings may take a toll on the body’s circadian rhythm, ‘falling back’ isn’t nearly as disruptive to our bodies. Nevertheless, even slight changes to our sleep patterns can cause us to feel ‘jet lag’.
 
Here are some simple tips to help your body adjust to changes in your sleep pattern:
  1. Get as much light into your bedroom as possible when you first wake up in the morning.
  2. Eat a nutritious breakfast.
  3. Spend a few minutes in the sunlight as part of your morning routine.
  4. Exercise outdoors in the mornings.
  5. Aim to get at least seven to nine hours sleep each night.
  6. Avoid drinking coffee, tea or other caffeinated drinks in the evening or just before bed.
  7. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday mornings in preparation for the time change in your daily routine.