If you’re in the United Kingdom, you are also very much affected by Daylight Savings Time (DST). Changing times may not be a new thing if you’re already a local, but if you’re still fairly new to the place and might still be adjusting to it, it can be quite hard to deal with. But this is something you should worry about! You’re not the only one who’s having a hard time understanding how moving forwards and backward of time works. Read on to know more about how it works!
When do the clocks change in the UK?
Although DST is something that most countries experience, the time and date wherein they change back their clocks in different times and dates. Some other countries like Australia move their clocks forward or backward earlier. This year, those living in the United Kingdom should start their DST on March 27, 2022, at 1:00 AM. This means you have to move your clocks forward on this exact date and time to get it accurately.
On the other hand, if you’re wondering when clocks go back to the UK, it should be at the end of DST. DST in the UK ends on October 30, 2022, at 2:00 AM.
Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep During Daylight Saving Time
Understandably, changing times can be a bit tough for everyone. But you can do something to help your body ease into it. Here are some practices on how you can adjust to changing times during DST:
1. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This allows your body to get used to a new sleep schedule. However, it’s best not to make any drastic changes, making it harder for you.
2. Take naps during the day, if needed. If you feel exhausted or sleepy in the afternoon, go ahead and take a short rest. Do not oversleep, though, as this will put you behind your usual sleeping hours.
3. Limit fluid intake before going to bed at night time. Your body needs fewer fluids when resting, so avoid drinking water or other beverages near your bedtime. You could also opt for decaffeinated drinks such as herbal tea, which has calming properties to help with better sleep patterns.
4. Exercise regularly, but do this earlier in the day. Exercising during the day is good for your overall health, but avoid exercising 3-4 hours before your regular bedtime when it comes to sleep.
5. Unwind in the evening. Do not do any work or take part in stressful activities 3 hours before sleeping. Instead, make sure you spend at least an hour before sleeping to do things that can help relax your body and mind, like taking a warm bath or reading a book.
6. Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep. Your room should be dark with no noise distractions. Set up everything right so you will have the best experience resting here, most especially if this is where you regularly sleep every night.
7. Avoid caffeine after 2 PM. Caffeine can stay in your system for several hours so when it is late afternoon, avoid having coffee or tea. This stimulant may also hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep.
8. Avoid eating big meals late at night. If you have dinner earlier, eat a smaller portion of food, especially if you feel full after eating a lot during the day. Eating less before going to bed will prevent heartburn and indigestion that could disrupt your sleep.
9. Relax before sleeping. Listen to calming music or read a book to help you relax even just an hour before going to bed. This will signal your body that it is time to go into slumber mode soon, so do hesitate to prepare yourself for sleep.
Dealing with DST can be a bit tricky! But the key here is to know when it starts and ends and help your body ease into it. The more familiar you are with how things work, the easier it will be to adjust to the changing time.