At 01:00:00 on Sunday, March 25, British Summer Time will begin. We’ll turn our clocks forward by 1 hour to Sunday, March 25, 02:00:00 and the change will push sunsets later into the evening hours so there will be more light in the evening, as we head towards the Longest Day on Thursday 21st June 2018.
Summer is on its way folks! But, before being so lucky, we must go through a period of adaptation to reboot our natural internal clocks and our circadian rhythm.
After the clocks change, diagnosis for depression and SAD can increase, especially at certain times of the year, and lack of sleep or tiredness are some of the unfortunate side-effects. However, that doesn't mean you should give up as there are some easy ways to reset and adjust our sleep:
Sleep a little bit more!
We know that The Sleep Council says that we should get up earlier, but don't feel too bad if you need to sleep a little bit more (c'mon, it's Sunday!). However, be careful not to sleep in too long :)
Couldn't have an extra hours sleep? Have an afternoon nap! Again, not for too long or it could have a negative effect on your sleep at night.
Go to bed earlier on the Sunday night
That will be helpful if you have lost an hour's sleep on the Saturday night.
The importance of the atmosphere
Take special care with your environment. Try to create a relaxing retreat; Play some nice music, dress in some comfortable clothes or light some candles.
Trust in Aromatherapy
Scents are powerful and can directly impact our bodies through our nervous system and, by using specific essential oils or combinations of oils in aromatherapy, it could possibly help relieve stress, relax the body and promote better sleep. Lavender, lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang, vetiver or jasmine are some of the aromas that can help you. SHOP HERE.
Practice the 4-7-8 breathing technique
Deep, slow, self-aware breathing is an ancient and powerful way to relax as part of a nightly transition to sleep. Try the next structured breathing exercise: In a comfortable position, with your eyes open or closed:
Transform your shower into a sanctuary
Just before bedtime, take a nice warm shower adding the "Sleep" shower bomb. The lavender, bergamot and vetiver aromas will calm and relax your mind, body and soul. SHOP HERE.
Think in possitive
A positive attitude will help you a lot during your body clock re-set. Bear in mind the good things to look forward to such as longer evenings, more outdoor activities after work, longer hours of natural light, and the promise of summer and freedom.
Happiness, good luck and don't forget to come and visit us at the next market date:
STAG PLAZA COMMUNITY ARTS CENTRE
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London Road - SEVENOAKS