How To Beat The Autumn Clock Change
Tempur shares a winter-wellness toolkit to ensure the clock change doesn’t dampen your day on the 27th October
It’s fair to say that most of us dread the autumn clock change… Come 27-October the clocks will turn back signalling shorter, darker, colder days, with many of us wishing we could just rug up and hide away at home for the duration.
Tobin James, Tempur UK Managing Director says: “It’s important to remember that there are benefits to the clock change. We get an extra hour in bed on the day and our mornings become lighter through the winter, as we are essentially waking up an hour later.
“The overall reduction in sunlight hours however, can leave us feeling more tired throughout the day and seriously lacking in motivation come evening. The lack of sunlight also impacts our vitamin D levels which, in turn affects quality of sleep and has been linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder.
“But worry not; there are some simple measures Brits can add to their daily winter ‘tool-kit’ to ensure that the physical and psychological impact of the shorter, darker days isn’t quite so severe.”
Read on for a guide to winter-wellness from the sleep experts at Tempur:
• Give yourself a head-start
There’s simply no such thing as a relaxed morning before work – everyone is in a rush! So, prepare ahead by packing your bag and ironing your clothes the night before.
You can even prep your breakfast the night before – soak oats overnight so that, come morning, you can either grab-and-go or warm them through. Oats are also a great source of slow-release energy so should keep you sated and focused until lunchtime.
• Make the most of your morning power hour
With all the time saved by prepping your essentials the night before, you’ll have time to spare to do something you love – a quick jog round the block, meditation or even just time doing nothing but enjoying your morning cup of tea.
• Add some sunshine to your diet
We all like to switch out raw salads and cold sandwiches for warming soups, curries and stews come winter, but try incorporating more vitamin D rich foods into your diet as well. Deficiencies in vitamin D has been linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), otherwise known as the ‘winter blues’.
Egg yolk, fortified cereals, mushrooms, fatty fish such as mackerel, tuna and salmon are all great sources. Vitamin D supplements are also easily available.
• Defeat the cold
Make the idea of getting out of a cold bed less daunting by setting your heating to come on 15 minutes before you plan to wake up. Similarly, in the evening, warm your bed with a hot water bottle and enjoy a warm milky drink to help you drift off more easily.
• Prioritise quality sleep
Sleep is essential to maintaining both mental and physical health, so should be a priority at all times of the year. However, with the onslaught of winter coughs and colds and sunlight deficiency affecting everyone’s moods, it’s even more crucial.
Adults should be aiming for 7-9 hours sleep every night to allow their mind and body to rest, repair and recover.
For more information on Tempur, visit www.tempur.co.uk