I think there’s a lot of us who would consider giving their right arm for an extra hour of sleep. Well luckily, you won’t have to give up anything for that extra hour this weekend. Yep it’s that time of year again… daylight savings time will come to an end this Sunday 11/1 at 2 am. And as the old saying goes, “Spring forward, Fall back” which means we get to dream of the sunny days of summer a little bit longer.
Now don’t get me wrong, most of us will relish the opportunity to get another hour of sleep, but a lot of times this extra hour is both a blessing and a curse. The human body does all types of weird things when we mess with the amount of sleep so I want to give you 5 tips to beat daylight savings time.
5 Tips to Beat Daylight Savings Time:
- Stick to your routine: It’s natural to see the extra hour as an excuse to stay up later and sleep in longer. Just know that sleeping through the Sunday morning sunlight can leave you feeling out of sorts for the start of the week. Instead, use the extra hour to go for a morning walk and soak in the sunlight while you still can!
- Ease into it: Give yourself more time to adjust to the time change before the workweek begins. Try resetting one of your clocks on Friday night. When Monday comes, you’ll be ahead of the curve, and ready to take on the work week. However, if you have activities and events during the weekend (it is Halloween on Saturday), make sure you don’t get confused about the correct time! Nobody likes a late guest.
- Get enough light: The right combination of light and dark can help your body get in its natural rhythm so you can adjust to your new schedule. In the morning, open the shades and brighten the lights. In the evening, dim the lights so that your body understands that it’s time to wind down.
- Watch what you eat: The time change will also affect your stomach. Don’t be surprised if you are hungry for meals earlier or later than before. Just remember that a large meal before bedtime can really affect your sleep. Give your body time to digest your dinner before heading to bed.
- Change can be difficult: It’s ok to not feel 100 percent, it might take a few days to get back to normal. Luckily, gaining an hour seems to be easier for people to adjust too than losing an hour.
As always, everybody will adjust differently, so take these tips to beat daylight savings time, with a grain of salt. For some people this time change will almost go unnoticed, while others might feel rundown all week. Remember to always listen to what your body is telling you. If you need to take a nap, or go to bed early on Sunday night, do it!