Kyabram Free Press

Tips on saving sleep

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With daylight saving starting this weekend, a Deakin University sleep expert offers some tips to help our bodies adjust to the time shift and get a good night's sleep.

Associate Professor Mark Stokes from the university’s School of Psychology explained that our sleepwake cycle takes a hit when the clocks change, leaving some people struggling to sleep.

“Daylight savings shifts the outside clock forward an hour but not your internal body clock,” Prof Stokes said.

“So you can tell it to adjust as much as you like, but it will only do so in response to the right stimuli: sunlight.”

Here are the recommende­d ways to get a good night's sleep:

• Take a morning walk;

• Stick to a bedtime routine and no screens; and

• Have a nap.

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