Good news, you’d think, in that we get an extra hour in bed. Of course, we do get that lovely extra hour in bed, but then the tricky bit starts on Sunday evening when we may not feel sleepy at our usual bedtime. And by the middle of the week, our natural sleep rhythms are likely to be knocked a little out of sync. It’s a bit like giving our bodies a mini dose of jet lag.
Here are some clever tips how to handle the time change without it messing up our sleep patterns and causing sleep loss.
EASE INTO THE TIME CHANGE
Make sure your bedtime routine is a nice relaxing one – we’re thinking, gentle music, low lighting and a nice relaxing soak in the bath with some soothing essential oils and salts added to help you de-stress and relax muscles. (Our DREAM Bedtime Bath Salts available from The Coach House Shop are perfect for this as they contain a cocktail of natural goodies including sleep-inducing lavender oil, mood-brightening bergamot, relaxing cedarwood and skin-soothing chamomile.)
GET LIGHT SMART
Light regulates sleepiness levels. Clocks going back mean lighter mornings (for a while anyway). That is good news as waking up should be easier. Throw open those curtains on waking to take advantage. Take a walk, where possible. When we stay at The Coach House, we love the Woodland Walk around the estate, 3.5km of pure wildlife and nature.
HAVE A PLAN B TO HAND
For nights when you struggle to drop off, or wake midway through the night and struggled to get back to sleep, have something by your bedside to help you. Our After Dark Balms work a treat for this – soothing essential oils mixed with a lovely-to-the-touch blend of shea butter and white tea seed oil.
Our sense of smell has an amazing power to change our mood, so if you are feeling a bit blue as the winter draws in, try our GLOW After Dark Face Oil. It contains a mood-brightening mix of orange, geranium, myrrh and litsea oil (an old Chinese remedy).
All Kiss The Moon products are available from The Coach House Shop. Or why not try a Kiss the Moon massage at The Treatment Room at Middleton Lodge.