Daylight savings is coming up tomorrow, March 14. You will be turning your clocks ahead one hour in a “spring forward” fashion. For many, this means more hours of light during the day and may represent a reprieve from a flare-up of seasonal affective disorder.
This winter brought its fair share of obstacles. From navigating the pandemic to the multiple blizzards across the country, we’ve braved the storm. Hopefully, March 14 represents a sort of departure from the winter blues and the ushering-in of springtime for many.
Allow Yourself to Adapt
Whenever there is a time change, however, give your body time to adjust. Sleep and effective sleep hygiene are so fundamental to mental health. Plan your day around the change and make sure you get extra sleep during that time.
Tips for Sleep Hygiene Include:
- Finding a quiet, dark place to rest
- Engaging in a bedtime routine
- Using any sleep aides whether it is a sleepy time tea, a sleeping mask, or a white noise machine
- Taking note of your personal preferences: socks or no socks, cold or ambient temperature room, a specific mattress, pillow, or blanket
Daylight savings is a good time to reevaluate your sleep more generally and make any necessary changes to improve this aspect of your life. It’s a good time to invest in yourself. If you need a new bed frame or want to start trying out body scans, any of these modifications or techniques may prove worthwhile. Sleep is fundamental to your mental well-being.
One way to adapt to Daylight Savings is to focus on your sleep. On March 14, you have a unique opportunity to adjust your sleep schedule and habits to best suit your current needs. At Valiant Living, we know how fundamentally important sleep is to your mental health. At our men’s only facility in Denver, Colorado, we help those struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. We have both inpatient and outpatient services. Our rooms are structured to optimize your comfort and ensure proper rest. Our expert staff knows how to care for your holistically. We focus on all aspects of your health – including sleep. Daylight Savings presents a chance to reevaluate how you are sleeping. From there, we can work on other aspects of your recovery and facilitate your transition into sobriety. To learn more about our services, you can contact us today at (303) 952-5035.