Are you getting excited for summer yet? Well, at 2am this coming Sunday (October 6th), some Australians will be moving the clocks forward for daylight saving time. Although daylight savings falls on a holiday weekend this year, it is important to take note of the upcoming time change.  Similar to jet lag, daylight savings can affect our body clocks and disrupt our sleep patterns for a day or two after the change. By following a few easy tips and making sleep a priority in your life, you can make the most of this weekend.
Plan for Early Bedtimes
Over the next few days, plan for your bedtime to be 10-15 minutes earlier each night. By gradually adjusting your bedtime each night, your body will be ready when the clocks move forward this weekend.
Avoid Napping
Following the change in time, do your best to avoid taking a nap if you are feeling tired, at least until you are back on your normal sleep schedule. Napping will only prolong your body clock from adjusting to the time change.
Be Patient with your Body
Time changes affect everyone differently. As we get older, it tends to have a larger impact and therefore makes the adjustment take a little extra time. Don’t stress though – it is only an hour difference so you should be feeling back to normal in a few days.
Rise and Shine
Exposure to sunlight shortly after waking up will help your body to regulate your internal clock more easily. Try eating breakfast next to a window or going for an early morning walk. Don’t try to sleep in an extra hour to make up for lost sleep – this will only throw off your body clock more.
Remember to Exercise
Aside from exposure to sunlight, exercise is most helpful when trying to regulate your sleep cycle, as long as it is not too late in the day. We suggest exercising in the afternoon between 4-7pm.

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