As #VoiceActors, we rely on our voice and body to be healthy and rested to perform at our best.This Sunday, March 13th daylight savings time begins, and as we prepare to move our clocks an hour forward , how do we mitigate the negative consequences that come along with time change?
We’ll lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of daylight. Since we’re in our booths most of the day, an additional hour of daylight may be an enjoyable change, but the loss of sleep may feel disruptive. For a smoother transition overall, here are a few suggestions:
• Make slight adjustments to your schedule in the days leading up to the time change to help your body adjust. For example, you can go to bed 15-20 minutes earlier to help ease into it. Or spend some time soaking in the extra daylight to help regulate your internal clock.
• Meditate, drink herbal tea, or listen to a sleep story to help your body and mind wind down during the hour before bedtime when you are used to being active. Try to avoid caffeine and too much screen time, as both are common causes of poor sleep.
• Shift your schedule to adjust your time in the booth to accommodate your peak vocal time for auditions and peak networking time for business and marketing. Work with your body's natural rhythms for producing your best work rather than forcing it.
• Allow extra time for vocal and physical warmups in the mornings. Your voice will need more time to wake up and clear out the morning gunk.
• Don’t be afraid to take a brief cat nap during the day as your body is adjusting to the loss of sleep. Keep it short and on the couch, as opposed to in the bed, to prevent you from sleeping too long.
These five tips will help to gradually shift you into an easy, relaxed, and stress-free time change. Keeping our voice and body in top performance condition takes some maintenance, but the results will be worth it!
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