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Here's How To Prepare Yourself For Daylight Saving

Losing an hour of sleep can really f*** you up.

This Monday, workers across New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory will be tired and grumpy.

Yes, even more so than usual.

Why? Because it's time for Daylight Saving, that's why. Clocks will go forward an hour at 2am Saturday October 6, so that we can enjoy more sunshine in our lives. And of course it means we lose a precious hour of sleep. Here comes the Daylight Saving hangover. Cue coffee. And tears.

But you can do something about how you will feel during the coming days and weeks. Starting with your body clock.

"Our internal clock can be manipulated" Bedgear Sleep Scientist Lorenzo Turicchia told ten daily. "You can do this by helping your body tune into its circadian rhythm by getting the right light exposure at the right time. Start making your home darker at around 7.30pm and your body will start winding down."

Have kids? The clocks changing can have a significant impact on our children’s sleep routine. "Start darkening their space as early as you can, this will trigger the bodies melatonin production," said Lorenzo. "This chemical is responsible for making them feel sleepy. You don’t want them to be in a bright environment right before bed."

Other ways to help you in the fight against the Daylight Saving Grumps, are cutting down on the coffee and boosting your rice intake.

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"Whenever there is a possibility of sleep disturbance its vital that you consume caffeine in moderation," Lorenzo told us. "It’s tempting to enjoy that extra shot when you feel exhausted, but you will pay for it throughout the night."

And as for the rice? Well, that contains the amino acid, tryptophan, which will help us induce sleep and counteract the hangry effects of no sleep during daylight saving, co-founder of Sleepy Starz and sleep consultant, Emily Duffell  told SBS.

“Foods high in tryptophan help in the production of serotonin, which then helps melatonin production (also known as the ‘sleepy hormone),” she said.

“As sleep professionals, we’d be encouraging healthy snacks high in tryptophan and I’d also certainly encourage people to have rice for dinner.”

And while a lot of the main issues stem from sleeplessness and overtiredness, there are some serious health issues as well, when it comes to Daylight Saving. Shockingly, there is recent research that suggests that the lost hour of sleep can end up really doing damage to our body’s natural rhythm, according to a study led by the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center.

The survey  showed that switching over to daylight saving time, and subsequently losing one hour of sleep, actually increased the risk of having a heart attack the following day by 24 percent.

Be careful out there.