This weekend the clocks go forward and although we all look forward to that extra hour of light in the evening, initially losing an hour of sleep is not something we give up easily.
In general, losing an hour in spring is more difficult to adjust to than gaining an hour in the autumn. Just like jet-leg can be harder to deal with when you travel east and lose time versus gaining time when flying west. Trying an ‘earlier’ bedtime may be hard and could cause more wakefulness during the early part of the night. All of which can leave us feeling more tired and fatigued than usual!
So, is there anything we can do to help our internal clocks adapt more quickly? Here are a few small tips and tricks to get you feeling back to normal in no time:
1. Instead of having something sugary, try eating a snack which will raise your blood sugar levels slowly and keep them up. Good options are a handful of nuts, oatcakes with peanut butter or raw carrots with hummus.
2. Instead of having that cup of coffee make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. Aim for 6-8 glass of water throughout the day and never wait until you feel thirsty before drinking as it means that you’re already dehydrated.
3. Instead of overeating at lunch, have a light meal that contains both proteins and complex carbohydrates, and then a snack in the afternoon. If you can, try and get away from your desk for half an hour at lunch to help you feel more alert in the afternoon.
4. If you can aim for eight hours sleep a night and have a regular time when you go to bed. If you feel like you aren’t sleeping very well try to stop drinking alcohol, that glass of red wine may help you nod off but it also disrupts your sleep cycle.
5. Exercise is not always possible in the middle of a working day, but a brisk 10 minute walk can actually do wonders and boost those energy levels.
6. If you can’t shake off the tiredness, you may not be getting enough iron from your diet so why not try taking a natural iron supplement like SPATONE to help maintain healthy iron levels.