Switching over to Winter Time: 5 tips to ensure a smooth transition

The switch to Winter Time is here again! During the night of Saturday the 24th to Sunday the 25th of October 2015, we’ll gain an extra hour’s sleep. At 3 a.m. in the morning, it will be 2 a.m., which means we’ll be putting our clocks back by one hour. This change in time marks the beginning of colder weather and shorter days. When we get up in the morning it’ll still be dark, and we’ll want to stay tucked up under the quilt… How should we deal with this switch to Winter Time? Espaciel has 5 useful tips to help ensure a smooth and painless transition.         


  • Anticipate

Do you find the change to winter time disturbing? The most important thing is to anticipate. According to sleep specialists, it takes several days to get back to our normal sleeping pattern when the clocks go backwards or forwards, so we need to prepare! To effectively compensate for the change, simply go to bed an hour early on the Saturday night, and you should wake up at your normal time on Sunday morning.

  • Take maximum advantage of the available daylight

The days begin to shorten in autumn, and the change to winter time intensifies the feeling. You must therefore take advantage of all the available light, since the quality of your sleep depends on it. It plays a crucial role both for your biological clock and your morale. The quality of your sleep is determined during the day, and requires sufficient exposure to daylight. It is therefore important to compensate using a variety of means. Here at Espaciel, we offer an entirely unique solution: the light reflector, which allows more natural light to enter your home.


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  • Get back to your healthy habits

The change to winter time can be a perfect opportunity to get back to a healthy lifestyle and rhythm:

→ Eat more healthily and avoid stimulating drinks like tea or coffee in the evening. Eat a light dinner, and have it early! Your dinner should always be the lightest meal of the day.

→ Exercise during the day (and not in the evening): this will help you to fall asleep.

→ Limit the use of electronic devices before going to sleep: television, computer, mobile phone, tablet etc… Instead, try to relax in a calm environment.

→ Adopt a regular daily schedule: the important thing is to have a regular rhythm, try to go to bed and get up at the same time, for example.


  • Take advantage of the time change  couple_repos

As you’re aware, the switch to winter time means putting the clocks back one hour. Don’t change your habits, get up at the same time and make good use of this extra hour! Do some exercise, meditate, or simply get ahead with the housework. This represents a beneficial extra hour for you.

  • Have a rest 

Some people feel extremely tired after the change from summer to winter time. There’s no point fighting this; you must listen to your body. You’re still feeling as tired as ever (or more so)? You’re yawning, eyelids feeling heavy and you’re nodding off? Well have a sleep! Allow yourself a short siesta of no more than 20 minutes. Siestas are a great source of creativity and efficiency. You need to take your foot off the accelerator in the week following the time change: limit trips and outings, rest as much as possible and ease yourself gently into the new rhythm. Your tiredness will gradually disappear.


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