Daylight Saving Time Tips

  • October 29, 2015

Daylight Saving Time is once again upon us. And while our clocks will fall backwards this Sunday morning, your body will most likely need some time to adjust its internal clock to this new schedule. While an hour might not seem like much of a difference, here are some ways to help you get through the change safely and quickly.
 
Get a Head Start – The time changes in the wee hours of Sunday morning to avoid disrupting your day, work, or other events. But rather than wait until Sunday morning, begin adjusting on Saturday morning or even Friday night. Eat your meals according to the new time and adjust your sleep pattern as well. This will create an easier Monday on the new time for you.
 
Check Your Clocks – Double check that all of your clocks have been adjusted to the new time. Avoid running late or too early to meetings or other commitments by making sure all clocks accurately reflect the new Daylight Saving Time.
 
Exercise – Exercise releases serotonin, which helps keep your body healthy and will help you adjust more quickly. Consider taking a walk or run in the morning, preferably outside, to get your body moving and ready for the day but also ready to sleep at night!
 
Eat Healthy – Avoid fatty, fried, or sugary foods while your body adjusts. These foods already set your body back and while it is trying to get used to a new time schedule, these will only make it harder. Sticking to a healthy diet during the change can help your body and mind take on Daylight Saving Time more easily.
 
Lastly, Daylight Saving Time in the fall gives us an extra hour of sleep as the clocks fall backwards. While it might be tempting to sleep in extra late, try to stick to a median time so your body won’t be fighting to fall asleep that night at your new normal time.

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