Gloria Estefan wasn’t kidding. The rhythm is gonna get you—especially when a time change is on deck. Your body’s internal clock, the circadian rhythm, is responsible for maintaining vital body functions, one of which is sleep.
Light guides the circadian rhythm, which is why events like daylight savings and entering other time zones can mess up our sleeping schedules.
Use these 3 tips to adjust your body clock like a pro:
1. Stay Hydrated
Water is wonderful! In fact, hydration can help your body adjust to a new time and rhythm. While traveling, request water frequently, and keep it up when you arrive at your destination. If you are struggling to get enough water, here are 8 ways to get your water in!
2. Avoid Blue Light
When the sun sets our bodies automatically prepare for rest mode. Though all light can affect your body’s clock, blue light is the most powerful. Although you may be in the habit of looking at a TV, phone or tablet before going to bed, you should avoid doing so. The blue light emitted from those devises triggers your body to stay awake and alert. For your best nights sleep, power down your devices at least one hour before going to bed.
3. Join the Local Time
While traveling, start thinking about what you’ll do when you get arrive. Changing your routine to the local time can speed up the adjustment, and your body can begin to adapt.
Adjusting your circadian rhythm doesn’t have to be difficult. Preparation and calculated adjustments will make it easier for you to enjoy your new time or time zone.