Sunday might be Halloween, but before that arrives, there will be a change in times over Saturday and Sunday nights as the clocks go backwards…
With Summer Time being officially over, we’ll be gaining an extra hour in bed this weekend. But as much as we love an extra hour for a guilt-free lie-in, having the clocks go back can mess up with our body clocks. Plus, we have to put up with longer, darker nights.
Luckily for us, a sleep expert from Loughborough University, Professor Kevin Morgan, explains how changing the clocks affects our circadian (body clock) rhythm which can impact our wellbeing.
Professor Morgan describes the differences between the actual time and what time our body thinks it is as a “social jetlag”, meaning our bodies may feel tired, hungry or wide-awake when we really shouldn’t be.
But don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of ways to try and help you get to sleep… According to Dr. Jess Andrade, it’s time to bust out those fluffy socks we all know and love because keeping your feet warm when you’re in bed will help regulate your body.
In a video on TikTok, she explains: ‘Wearing socks keeps your feet warm and this opens up blood vessels that cools the body down. The body being cold tells the brain that it’s time for bed, so actually, people that wear socks tend to fall asleep faster.’
She also recommends cutting out (or cutting down) time on your laptop or phone before bed to help regulate your sleep patterns. ‘Bright lights from your TV, phone or laptop can disrupt the body’s production of melatonin (the hormone that helps you sleep), making it harder to regulate your sleep cycle. This will make you more tired during the day.’, she added.
And if you find yourself waking up multiple times throughout the night and struggling to go back to sleep, Dr. Michael Bruce – known as ‘The Sleep Doctor’ on TikTok – recommends a simple breathing technique. Basically, you breathe in for a count of four, hold it for a count of 7, then breathe it out for a count of eight (the 4-7-8 technique).