How to Handle Daylight Savings Time
Posted by Natalie Simone
By now we all know the history of Daylight Savings Time. However I can’t be the only one who thinks losing an hour is one of the worst things! It takes me, what feels like, months to get adjusted. As much as I enjoy the longer days, “springing forward” can often put me in a sleep deprivation blur.
According to David Glass, PhD, at Kent State University in Ohio, the time change in the Fall is more in tune with the human body’s internal clock. “In the Spring, we not only have to get up an hour early – but we’re also fighting the extra 20 or 30 minutes of sleep our bodies naturally want every day,” Dr. Glass tells WebMD in an interview.
Here are some tips on how to ease your way into losing that hour this year.
- Be One Step Ahead! – That is right. Be a step ahead as in start that time change now! WebMD suggests setting your alarm clock 15 minutes earlier and earlier for about a week prior to the actual clock change.
- Be Mindful – On the Saturday of Daylights Savings make sure to do a few things. WebMD suggests to get a tough and vigorous exercise in but around midday and to make sure not to exercise too late in the day.
- Keep that Schedule – When you wake up on Sunday. No matter how crappy a night’s sleep you had or how much you want to sleep the day away – DON’T DO IT. Get up at your normal time. This helps your body adjust and will help you adjust faster through the week.
- Outside in the Sunshine – Dr. Glass also recommended that on the Sunday of it is important to get an hour of sunlight. Although some may find that hard, sunlight is “helpful in advancing your body clock.”
- Practice Good Sleep Hygiene – I like this list straight from WebMd. Here is what they say:
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before bedtime.
- Don’t drink a lot of caffeine or alcohol.
- Don’t nap during the day, or at least keep it brief — 10 to 15 minutes.
- Stop working on any task an hour before bedtime to calm down.
- Don’t discuss emotional issues at bedtime.
- Make sure your sleep environment is comfortable.
- Don’t turn lights on at night. Use a small night-light instead.