How to Prepare for Daylight Savings
March 11, 2018 marks the day that Daylight Savings Time (DST) will take effect. This means that we will experience an extra hour of daylight, but it will also mean that we essentially lose an hour of sleep. In order to avoid the feeling of jet lag and the effects of losing an hour of sleep, it is best to prepare for the time change in the days prior to March 11! Here are some tips to staying healthy, happy and energized during the time change.
Make sure that you know your routine that you have been following and stick to it. If you have been going to bed at 10pm religiously and waking up at 6am promptly, try to stick to those times and allow your body to adjust. It may take your body a few days to completely adjust to feeling like it is going to bed too early, but when you are adjusted it will feel as though you never skipped a beat!
Plan ahead of time and prepare your body. Planning ahead of time can allow you to be mentally and physically prepared for the changes that are ahead. Try going to get the right amount of sleep that you need in order to feel rested and make sure that you get your rest the whole week before the time change. This will allow you to preserve your energy and rest up, just in case you may end up feeling tired during the time change, your body will have some energy on reserve.
Exercise during the day! If your schedule allows it, try working out in the morning or afternoon. This will allow your body to get rid of any extra energy that you may have, allowing you to fall asleep on time. Some individuals prefer.
We know the time change can be difficult, but we hope that these tips will help you or your loved one adjust properly.