SAD: Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule
Seasonal depression can affect your sleep cycle. This is because sunlight helps to regulate your melatonin production, keeping you feeling awake and alert in the daytime, and gradually more tired as the sun sets. This is a natural rhythm, and one that can be disrupted by several factors – such as seasonal changes and overusing technology.
To help reduce the effects of a disrupted circadian rhythm, you should try to improve your sleeping habits. Many of our devices emit blue light, which stimulates the brain and can be harmful to our natural circadian rhythm. To ensure a healthy sleep pattern, it’s a good idea to switch them off at least an hour before you go to bed.
Caffeine is a stimulant, too – so try to limit your intake before bedtime. Why not switch to a decaf alternative, or try a soothing herbal tea?
Whilst it can be tempting to press the snooze button after your alarm wakes you up, try to resist the urge. It’s much more beneficial to get up and practise some gentle stretches to help you prepare for the day ahead.