Living Well: Better Sleep Starts in the AM
If you have a love-hate relationship with the “Spring Forward” time change, you’re not alone. On one hand, it signals the return of spring, with longer days and more daylight. On the other hand, we lose an hour of sleep. While one hour may not seem like a lot, it can be disruptive — and it’s hard to enjoy the extra daylight hours if you’re exhausted.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to get a better night’s sleep is to get some sun first thing in the morning. Light helps to set the body’s internal clock. And getting a few minutes of sunlight – particularly early in the day – helps to improve sleep, increase alertness all day, and shift internal rhythms so it’s easier to wake up earlier.
Try to get outside for 5-15 minutes while the sun is out, several times this month. If you can do it first thing in the morning, even better. See if you notice improvements in your sleep and energy.