7 Ways to Prepare for Daylight Saving Time

It’s that time again! Daylight saving time begins at 2 AM tonight, meaning we lose an hour of sleep by setting our clocks forward. 

If you’re already sleep deprived (like many in our nation), losing this hour means so much more. The transition can leave you feeling groggy and peevish. It can even be dangerous. Studies have shown heart attacks and car accidents increase after spring’s daylight saving time begins.

Our bodies differ when it comes to time change adjustments. Nevertheless, here are seven simple and effective tips to help you transition into spring time with ease!

7 Methods to Get Ready for Daylight Saving Time

1. Prepare a Few Days Prior

3-7 days in advance, practice going to sleep and waking up 15 minutes earlier each day.

2. Commit To Your Schedule

Remain consistent with your daily routine — morning rituals, working, eating, exercising, socializing.

3. Greet the Sun

Getting sunlight in the morning will help you adjust to your new time schedule. Daylight helps us wake up and trains our brains for a regulated circadian rhythm, responsible for our sleep–wake cycle.

4. Exercise in Timely Fashion

Exercise is great for health and quality rest, yet avoid late night workouts as they impact your heart rate and sleep cycle adversely.

5. Avoid Long Naps

Taking naps during the day is enticing, especially if you’re feeling lethargic. However, lengthy naps will make it difficult for you to get a full sleep at night. If you must, take naps early and for less than 20 minutes.

6. Mind What You Consume

Have dinner earlier in the evening, and avoid spicy and oily foods. Avoid coffee and caffeinated beverages 4-6 hours before bedtime. Avoid alcohol late into the night as it prevents you from quality sleep.

7. Reduce Blue Light

Watching TV or scrolling through your phone can be a pleasant method to unwind, but it can also excite your brain and make it a challenge to fall asleep. In addition, it can play a major role in your sleep–wake cycle. Avoid hand-held screens and computers two hours before bedtime, and TV one hour before. Easier said than done!

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