Go to bed 25 minutes earlier and other ways to prepare for the coming clocks
A behavior expert has given his top tips for avoiding feeling lazy when the clocks go forward on Sundays. We switch to British Summer Time on Sunday (March 27) at 1am.
Losing that hour can impact our sleep and well-being and Darren Stanton – a former police officer turned media consultant – has offered some advice. He has been dubbed the human lie detector and has a degree in psychology.
Speaking on behalf of online casino Slingo, he said there are things we can do to make the transition easier. Because even though change heralds the onset of (hopefully) better weather, it can impact our sleep patterns.
Darren says, “The hour we technically lose in this transition can have a dramatic effect on our bodies and our well-being the next day. Some people may feel sluggish, lethargic and moody.
“As humans, we have an internal 24-hour clock in our brains that we call the circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is very susceptible to change, which is why we tend to experience jet lag when we change time zones or lack sleep. This has a profound effect on the body’s ability to function properly.
“The body needs a little time to readjust and that can sometimes make us feel very strange. However, there are changes that can be made to avoid those unpleasant feelings when the clocks change.
Top tips for not feeling tired when the clocks are ticking
- Try going to bed about 25 minutes earlier for four nights before the clock changes. This way you avoid feeling tired and needing a nap in the middle of the afternoon.
- Snack well. Fighting fatigue is all about sleep, and nutrition also plays a role in your physical alertness
- Avoid drinking alcohol a few days before the clocks advance as drinking can lead to a poor night’s sleep
- Exercise earlier rather than later to release needed endorphins. This will give you a more positive outlook before you start your busy routine and help you combat your sluggishness.
Darren is a former Derbyshire Constabulary Constable and has moved into media and television as a consultant. He has appeared on The One Show, This Moring and worked on screen with Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder.