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?