Sunday, March 8, marked the start of Daylight Saving Time – which can have its perks by adding more light to the end of our evenings. Yet each year, our schedules have to adjust to the changes Daylight Saving Time brings, and not always in a positive way. But don’t fret, we’ve got 5 tips to help you spring forward with ease!
1. Maintain regular sleeping habits
Losing an hour of sleep can throw anyone’s schedule off, especially when your scheduled to report to work or get an early start to your class. Maintaining your regular sleeping habits will ensure that your sleeping schedule will remain on track to keep you energized and refreshed to allow you to carry on with your day.
Daylight Savings Time in the spring is always a challenge, and exercise can help you adjust. Simple exercises such as walking or yoga stretches can help you sleep better while your body transitions.
3. Drink something that relaxes you
Adding a cup of warm milk or water can help relax you. Avoid alcohol and other products that can overstimulate and delay your bedtime. If tea or coffee relaxes you, try to have it at least four to six hours before you start your bedtime routine.
4. Be patient with starting your day
Take your time getting adjusted. It will not happen overnight and sometimes could take up to one week to get adjusted to the time change. When you find yourself struggling, do something that calms you such as reading your favorite magazine or book.
5. Enjoy the extra daylight outside
The perks of springing forward mean we gain an extra hour. So go ahead and seize the day, making good use of natural daylight and enjoy the sunshine, and do things that keep you happy such as, a family picnic, a bike ride around your neighborhood or firing up the grill!
Resources: Sleep Tips by SleepBetter.org