Sometimes as a family caregiver you might start to feel as if your body clock is continually off kilter. You probably start your day extremely early and finish up late, all because you’re trying to get as much done as possible. There are huge benefits to getting your body clock back in sync, though, and these tips can help.
Seek out Sunlight as Soon as You Get Up
With time changes and seasonal considerations, it’s not always possible to see sunlight as soon as you’re getting up, particularly if you’re getting up before dawn to get everything done that you can. But the sooner you find that patch of sunlight, the better for your circadian rhythm.
Let the Light In More Often
Whenever you can, let natural light in on your day. If you’re at home, open the blinds and the curtains when it makes sense to do so. When you’re working in an office, you might not have the luxury of using natural light, but try to do so if you have some control over that aspect of your day.
Spend Time Outside During the Day
Even if you don’t have the ability to let natural light in during the day, you can probably go outside in the sun for a few minutes several times a day. This is important so that your body can process vitamin D from the sunlight and it can help to improve your mood. This may seem like a step that’s too difficult, but give it a try.
Consider a SAD Light
Whether you’ve got Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or not, using a SAD therapy light can be another way for you to get a dose of sunlight when you need it. This can especially be true on those gloomy rainy days in early spring. If you’re awake before dawn every day, using a SAD light can be a great way to get that light in the early morning that helps your circadian rhythm reset.
If you’re still having trouble with your sleep cycle, there might be something else going on. Make an appointment with your doctor to be sure you’re covering all of your bases.