Nearly everyone looks forward to “falling back” for that extra hour of sleep in the autumn but “springing ahead” at the end of winter can be a struggle. Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. on March 10, meaning your clocks should be set to 3:00 a.m. at that point. Here are five tips for adjusting to the change.
Keep Your Schedule
A great way to adjust to springing ahead is to keep your regular routine. If you wake up at 8:00 a.m., do it on the morning of the time change if you can. Be consistent with eating, being social, exercising, and bed time, too.
Avoid Long Naps
Shutting your eyes in the middle of the day is tempting, especially if you’ve been feeling groggy. But be strong! This could backfire. Longer naps could make it more difficult to get a full night’s sleep. Instead, it’s advised that you go to sleep a half hour earlier. To add some spring in your step, getting out into the sun can stimulate your body and help retrain your inner clock.
Seek out the Sun
Soaking up the sunshine helps our bodies adjust to the time change. Be sure to seek out direct sun exposure as early as possible. If you don’t have time for a stroll on the beach, simply pull back a curtain and sit in the light for a few minutes or take a walk outside on your lunch break.
It’s smart to avoid coffee to wake yourself up and it’s wise to not drink alcohol to help you settle down. These stimulants make it harder for you to fall asleep. You should also avoid eating and exercising late while adjusting, too.
Put Safety First
Keep in mind that you may be less alert while doing sedentary things such as driving. Research shows there’s a small increase in traffic accidents on the Monday after the time change takes effect. Studies have also shown that the Monday and Tuesday after the switch means a 24 percent increase in the risk of heart attack.
How do you prepare for Daylight Saving Time and the incoming sunshine? Leave a comment below and don’t forget to check out our springtime collection!