Well it’s that time of year again (pun intended). This past weekend marked the start of Daylight Savings Time. What is Daylight Savings Time? It’s exactly what it sounds like. This is when all clocks are set forward 1 hour, standard time, during the Spring/Summer months and back 1 hour in the Fall. This is a way to make better use of the natural daylight in the evenings within the warmer months. This clock adjustment does have its benefits including having daylight past 7:00 p.m. which is perfect for anyone looking to spend time outdoors after work or after dinner. It’s also a signal to everyone who’s been hibernating in the winter months that spring is on its way! Although we do have another week until the official Spring Equinox (first day of Spring). One of the side affects to having this time change is that we lose an hour of sleep, which in some ways can mentally mess up people’s schedules. Here are a few tips to get through the first few days of this change.
- Try moving your alarm clock out of reach. This will suck in the beginning, but it’ll help get your body moving and the blood flowing to get your day started.
- Stick to your normal sleeping schedule. It may be a little weird going to bed when the sun is just setting, but your body will adjust.
- Cut back on screen time before bed and dim the lights at home. In doing this, your body will start to think it’s time to go to sleep.
- Coffee may be your best friend, but try not to over do it. You want your body to adjust naturally and forcing down cups of coffee to stay awake would be detrimental. Try switching over to an herbal tea instead if you need a boost.
- Keep your workout schedule the same. Your regular exercise routine will help in maintaining your sleep schedule.
- Get out and enjoy the sun a little bit longer. From this point on (until the Fall), the sun will be shining bright later in the day so why not get out and enjoy it while you can?