British Summer Time // The Aftermath

10 Apr 2014


I don't know about you, but I loathe the clocks going forwards and backwards. Strong words you might think, but I'm not the most awake in the mornings at the best of times, let alone after experiencing mild jet lag with none of the travel perks.

Every year it takes me weeks to adjust to the new time, ensuring my morning grumpiness factor is as high as high can be. I'm like Bear with a sore head: grouchy, vague and desperately wanting a cuddle, it's not pretty. So this year I was determined to be a little more conscious of the upcoming loss of an hour, and, surprisingly, it made all the difference.

If, like me, you're not a morning person, try hanging your curtains or blinds a third of the way down the window. This ensures that natural light can slowly brighten your room as the sun rises, helping you wake gently instead of shocking you out of bed with an alarm. Alternatively, switch to gauzy curtains that will let in the light but not the curious neighbour's eyeballing. I've found that allowing the sun to wake me up gently, before my alarm is due to go off, results in a much less snarky Tors.

Since the end of February, I had been enjoying waking up at around 6.30am. Rolling out of bed at 7am is so much easier when you've had a thirty minute wolf cuddle to help drag you out of the murkiness of random dreams (oh so very random). I felt uncommonly productive, getting up and getting things done, on time and - shock of all shocks, even before schedule in some instances!

Having that adjustment period made all the difference, getting me used to being awake at what would, around a month later, be thirty minutes after my early morning wake-up call. Choosing not to drift back to sleep for those crucial thirty minutes before my alarm went off meant that I was more awake throughout the day and better able to cope with the new time change.

I'm not sure how it'll work in reverse ... perhaps I should try sleeping in longer the closer it gets to Autumn. In fact, if anyone has any suggestions I'd love to hear them, it's never too early to think about sleeping. In the meantime, I'm enjoying a smaller adjustment period and a more productive day.


I'm curious, does the time change throw a spanner in your sleeping schedule or do you just shake it right off?

girl

11 comments:

  1. I have never flown so far that I could have a jetlag so I don't know .. ;) Your photographs are absolutely stunning btw, is that you int the first one? :) x

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  2. I dont feel like the time change changes my sleep cycle but it's messed up anyway! ;) Your photographs are stunning btw, is that you in the first one? :)

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  3. Oh wow I love that first picture!! I am very impressed that you have managed to wake up at 6.30. I just tend to stay in bed forever in the morning.

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  4. Regular sleep cycle you say? No such thing says we! ;)

    Thank you, I work hard on my photography so it's nice to hear people like them. Yes, it's me in the photo, I liked it so much I decided to post it. It's so great when a picture you imagine photographs just as you wanted, or better!

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  5. Thank you my lovely, I loved it so much I decided to include it! I used to just stay in bed forever, but I think that was why I had so many problems. I love 6.30am, it's quiet! ;)

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  6. It only affects me for a few days. But I think that is because I tend to wake up much earlier than I used to anyway and, because of that, I try to listen to my body telling me when I need to go to bed and to sleep rather than sticking to what the clock says. So when I wake up too early one day, I go to bed earlier that night. Listen to what the wolf says - he's probably got a better body-clock than you!

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  7. Oh my goodness that's brilliant, I can't believe I haven't thought of that before! Fabulous advice, I shall give that one a go!

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  8. Oh I hate the time change. Takes me ages to fall asleep at night in the first few days.

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  9. It's such a pain, isn't it?! I understand why they used to have the time change, but it seems a bit redundant now, surely we can do without it, if only for the sake of a good night's sleep!

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  10. Personally I love the summer clock change as I have early rising children...before the clock change the little one was getting up at 5am regularly regardless of when she went to bed. The oldest also was waking at 5 and was distressed he couldn't sleep longer, now they stay up later and sleep till between 6 and seven am ...still early fo rmost people but for me it is wonderful! I also love being able to stay out in the summer evenings, :) not having to drive in the dark. Obviously the autumn change is not so good for me. Lovely pics , xx

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  11. All very good points for enjoying the Spring change! I too wake up at the same time, regardless of what time I went to sleep, it's very annoying (especially when one has been coding til 1am!) but I can imagine the kids would hate it. Yay for sleeping later; that's why I like the autumn change, I get a lovely lie in with none of the guilt ;)

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