After the COLD and wet winter that we’ve had on the East Coast, I am super happy that Daylight Savings Time (DST) has finally arrived. The bad news is that we lose an hour. The good news is that there will be more afternoon sun, which means Spring is coming. Twice a year, most of us struggle to cope with the Daylight Savings Time.
It takes most people’s bodies about 48 hours to adjust to DST, so be prepared to be a little
more sleepy come Monday morning. In order to adjust to losing an hour of sleep, the experts say we should start going to bed 15 minutes earlier starting Wednesday. Too late for that. The alternative to that is waking up 10 minutes early every 2-3 days, two weeks after DST (10 minutes isn’t so bad. You can do it) Research also shows that the risk of having a car accident increase 6% on Monday and Tuesday. Crazy right?
Here are 5 tips on how to cope with Daylight Savings Time:
Avoid Drinking. Seriously? UGH! Experts say you should not use alcohol to help you sleep. And I always thought a little alcohol was good to help you sleep. Alcohol actually disrupts your sleep and the quality of your sleep. You can read more on that here. So avoid or cut back on drinks tonight and every night thereafter.
Get your caffeine on. Before noon. Caffeine doesn’t interfere with your ability to fall asleep, but it can reduce the amount of time spent in deep sleep, thus compromising the quality of your sleep. Don’t believe me? Google it!
Work it out aka Exercise! I know you’re probably thinking like me. You’re already going to be tired come Monday. How will you find the energy to workout?
But working out releases serotonin, which helps our bodies adjust to the time change.
Avoid Naps. Worst tip ever, LOL. Naps are scared to be. But if you are tired, try taking a short, walk around the block/office instead. If you must nap, do it earlier in the day and limit it to no more than 20 minutes.
Be Alert While Driving. Put down the phone. No texting or talking on the phone (unless you have the hands-free option) while driving. Avoid getting into or causing an accident due to DST.
So keep calm and turn those clocks ahead 1 hour.