Daylight Savings Time is just a few days away – Sunday, November 2 to be exact. Sure that extra hour of sleep Saturday night will be nice, but just like with any change it can take some getting used to. There are ways you can prepare for daylight savings time and ultimately adjust to the change in a healthy way.
Start adjusting your sleep schedule a few days early. If you’re used to going to bed around 10:30 pm, try pushing it back by 15-20 minutes each day. This way, once daylight savings time takes full effect, your “adjusted” schedule will be “normal” once again!
Exercise! Get Outdoors!
A little sunshine will do you good. Get out and enjoy some fresh air. Take a walk after work, do some light yard work, go to the park… Even the simplest workout can boost energy levels, especially if it’s done outside.
Don’t give in to temptation
Just because you’re getting an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night, doesn’t mean you should stay up even later. Believe it or not, people that do this actually end up losing sleep in the long run. Oh, and skip those afternoon naps the week leading up to the time change. Power naps are pretty amazing, but try a little exercise instead of snoozing this week. Other temptations to avoid? Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. These products will drastically impact your ability to fall asleep. Try giving them up the day before a time change.