I’m not sure about anyone else, but it appears the older I get, the longer it takes my body to re-adjust once we either fall back or spring ahead the clocks for daylight savings. The fall adjustment seems to take a particular toll on me for some reason.
One thing that seems to help my body adjust is the hot tub. Soaking about an hour or so before bedtime helps with falling asleep and achieving REM sleep faster. For about a week before we turn the clocks back, I also adjust my soaking time to one hour earlier. Normally I hit the hot tub around 10:30 each night, but the week before daylight savings I try to get my soak started between 9:30 and 10:00.
By the time we actually turn the clock back, my body’s already somewhat adjusted to the new soak time, and my sleep cycles tend to suffer much less interruption.
This year, you’ll need to adjust your clocks before heading to bed on Saturday, November 5th for the official turn back on Sunday at 2 a.m. For the rest of this week, experiment with soaking in your tub an hour earlier than normal—and don’t miss a night! Hopefully you’ll experience less of the bio-adjustment to the new time cycle.
Happy soaking, and happy fall!