5 tricks to keep away from being punctured


The beautiful days are approaching and with them the longer days, the aperitifs with friends, the family barbecues and the beautiful moments illuminated by a beautiful spring sun. However, before that, you have to go through the time change… and it can be hard to bear! Indeed, on the night of Saturday to Sunday March 27, we go to summer time. At 2 o’clock in the morning, it will therefore be 3 o’clock, which means that we lose an hour of sleep. This will not fail to completely disrupt our daily lives and disrupt our sometimes already very exhausting sleep rhythms. To prepare for it and manage the time change well, here are the tips to adopt today.

Remember that this is nothing out of the ordinary. Adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep (11 hours for children) and many people don’t already have their quota. This loss of one hour will therefore not fail to have harmful effects. Lack of sleep can in fact, for example, reduce the ability to concentrate, induce severe drowsiness, increase the risk of accidents or promote more serious health problems (cerebrovascular accident or heart attack). So here’s how to break your routine so as not to suffer too much from the change to summer time and the risks associated with lack of sleep.

1) Make a habit of going to bed an hour earlier

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First of all, it is advisable toavoid sleeping in on Sunday morning in preparation for daylight saving time. This will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night! If possible, you should also try to go to bed earlier the days before. This will allow your body to get used to it over the days. However, it is not always easy to fall asleep when you go to bed too early compared to usual. So, if this is impossible for you, try toadvance your wake-up time in the preceding days, in particular from Friday, in increments of 30 minutes. Thus, your internal clock will not be too upset.

2) Be regular to better experience the transition to summer time

Landmarks are essential for our biological rhythm. This is why it is very important to ensure keep regular schedules, especially when it comes to bedtimes. Also, once you’ve successfully adapted to daylight saving time, keep a regular bedtime and wake-up time. This daily regularity is a key element for sleeping well and limiting the deviations that could promote daytime sleepiness.

3) Take a nap if you feel the need

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A nap too late could affect your sleep in the evening. However, a short nap of less than thirty minutes in the early afternoon will fight against sleep deprivation and hold without impacting your nocturnal sleep. Do not hesitate to use it if you can so as not to suffer too much from the time change when it occurs.

4) Put yourself in the right conditions to sleep well

This period will be difficult enough without having to complicate it with bad habits that promote sleep disorders. To put all the chances on your side to sleep better, and therefore to feel the transition to summer time less harshly, it is therefore advisable to limit screens in the evening as well as stimulating drinks (coffee, sodas loaded with sugar and caffeine, alcohol, etc.). Also be sure to light dinner and not too late so as to be able to digest well and therefore limit the insomnia inherent in digestion. Finally, to optimize the quality of your sleep, be sure to keep a cool environment conducive to sleep.

5) Prepare as much as possible the day before the time change

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Even trying to adapt your routine as explained above to feel the effects of losing an hour of sleep less harshly, the night in question may prove to be particularly difficult. Also for avoid unnecessary stress on Monday morningtake the lead in setting the table for breakfast on Sunday evening and preparing your things the night before (bags and clothes). Thus, you will have more time to emerge without feeling pressed for time. If you don’t work weekends and don’t have time constraints, you can also change the time on your clocks and devices on Saturday evening to allow your body to start getting used to the time change.

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