How to wake up when the clocks go back

It feels like the switch has been flicked to ‘winter’ and the shorter, colder days are well on their way.

It hardly seems like any time at all since we were all enjoying the heat of the summer out of lockdown, asking if you let your staff dress down in summer, and offering advice on how to help your smartphone survive the heat.

But suddenly we’re well into October, and there are Christmas adverts on the TV. And the Daylight Saving Time is due to end in a few short weeks.

The changing of the seasons can also lead to feelings of depression, if you suffer from Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD), here’s how to combat the symptoms of SAD. And if you struggle to drag yourself from under the duvet during the darker, colder months, here are some top tips to help you wake up in winter.

When do the clocks go back this year?

The clocks always go back at 2am on the last Sunday of October. That means this year the clocks will go back an hour at 2am on Sunday, October 31.

How to wake up during the winter months

If the darker, colder mornings make it difficult for you to get out of bed, here are some top tips to help make things easier for you.

1. Get the right amount of sleep

It sounds obvious, but getting the right amount of sleep each night makes it infinitely easier to get up in the morning.

Most adults need between seven and nine hours a night – any less and you could find yourself feeling lethargic during the day. To make sure you’re getting the right amount of quality sleep each night, try ot avoid alcohol and caffeine in the evening, and never use your smartphone or tablet immediately before bed.

And getting some serious shut eye is not just a good tactic to help you get up in the morning, sleep could be the secret of a successful business.

2. Get a wake-up light

The longer nights mean most of us have to get up before daybreak during the winter, and this extra darkness can cause real problems when it comes to waking up. Investing in a wake-up light, that gradually illuminates the room and mimics the natural light of summer mornings can really help.

3. Get ready the night before

If mornings are just one massive stress-fest, and you usually end up running late as you can’t find everything you need for the day ahead, or you need to iron your work clothes, try getting everything ready the night before.

Just knowing everything is sorted before you have to get up can make for a more peaceful, stress-free sleep, and you can even have that extra five minutes in bed without stressing too much.

4. Get rid of the morning commute

As if having to get up for work wasn’t bad enough, there’s the morning commute to deal with – but knowing you don’t have to fully get ready for work and tackle the traffic can make getting up a whole lot less stressful.

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What are your top tips for waking up on dark winter mornings? Share your thoughts in the comments section.