I hope you remembered to turn your clocks forward an hour over the weekend. Most of us in the U.S. turned our clocks forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday, and most are probably feeling a little groggy and sluggish today as a result.
Isn’t it a little ironic that the same month when we lose an hour of sleep by springing forward, it’s National Sleep Month. According to the National Sleep Foundation, only about 42% of us get a good night’s sleep every night, or even every other night.
For those feeling the effects of losing an hour, try to exercise in the morning, it will get the serotonin flowing. Studies have shown Vitamin D also helps increase energy, and if you can’t get the real sun on your face, try light therapy.
Light boxes can be very effective because they mimic the sun and it will help with having the dark mornings again. If you’re still not adjusting, open the shades and spend a little time in the sun if you can, because your body uses morning light to nudge you into action and regulate its biological clock. After a few days you should feel adjusted.
Even as these mornings continue to get brighter earlier, those already using light therapy should continue until at least the end of March.