Pop the Vitamin CStep into the light – Natural light helps reset your melatonin. At the new morning time, get up and walk outside and face the sky for a few seconds or up to 30 seconds. Get the newspaper, let the dog out, open the shades and look up. Outdoor air and the morning light will do the trick. 3. No screens, phones, computers or TV blue lights up to one hour before bedtime ….which should be a time to give you 7.5 – 8 hours of sleep for cellular and body renewal. Blue lights in the TV, computer and phone interrupt the cycle of melatonin. In Arianna Huffington’s new book, The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time, Dr. Dan Siegel, a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA says, “People are exposing their eyes to this team of photons from these objects that basically tell your brain, ‘Stay Awake. It’s not time to sleep yet.’ So it’s 10 pm and you’re checking for emails, you’re looking at texts and those light beams tell your brain, ‘Don’t secrete melatonin, it’s not time to sleep.’
3. Eat on the new time even if you aren’t hungry. Ah, you probably know this one but it’s worth saying again that you pretty much need to do everything on the new time schedule even if you don’t feel like it. Even one or two bites will cause your body’s digestive system to start working and resetting its schedule. Consider dinner early so that kids feel the length of time after dinner as though they’ve stayed up late. Also, they are sure to be exhausted after their first few days of absorbing a new teachers, classes, locations of classes and could probably use dinner early.
4. Wind ‘er on downThe Organizing Tip That Changed My Family’s Mornings. Happy Back To Everything season!