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How to prepare for the clocks going forward

Daylight saving was due to end in Europe in 2021, however its implementation has been delayed. 

As the clocks spring forward one hour at the end of this month (31st March 2024), daylight saving can leave us feeling a bit out of sorts. In fact, studies show sleep quality drops by 10% when the clocks change, so for insomnia sufferers it can be a difficult time. Here are 3 top tips to help you to sail into summer.

  1. For the 2 weeks prior to the clocks springing forward an hour, move your bedtime and wake time earlier by 5 minutes a day so that by the time the clocks change you have gently adjusted your body clock rather than doing it all in one go.
    Alternatively, change your wake and sleep times by 10 minutes a week, for 6 weeks, prior to the clocks changing.
  2. Although it will be tempting to have a lie in on the day when the clocks go forward, try to stick to your usual wake up time by the clock so that your body can adjust.
    This will be easy if you’ve been adjusting your time as suggested in the first tip.
  3. Daylight helps our bodies to wake up and adjust to the new time, so get out and about as much as you can in the mornings.