Daylight savings time has returned and perhaps it arrived with a vengeance. Are you feeling off? Maybe a touch sleepy? That one lost hour creates a feeling of jetlag that isn’t very easy to shake. The day after: you wake up groggy or much later than you expected. The next day: you feel as if the night wasn’t long enough. And soon enough: your entire system is out of sync. By springing ahead and changing the clocks, we gain daylight and time to spend outside, but what we lose is routine. These four easy steps will get you back on track:
Go to Bed Earlier:
Tuck into bed an hour earlier than usual. After all, by springing forward, this will return you to your normal hour. After a while, your body will adjust.
Get Up on Time:
Instead of sleeping in to try and make up for your lost time, set your alarm clock. This is all about staying on schedule and if you get your body into its routine again, you can overcome the change.
Eat a Good Breakfast:
This is just common sense. Starting off the day with a hearty breakfast, you’ll ensure you are fueled to power through the day without feeling sleepy.
If for some reason you do feel the urge to snap or rest your eyes, resist it! This will absolutely confuse your system further. For at least a week, do not disrupt your sleeping cycle.
You might be wondering why these simple and obvious solutions are going to cure your daylight savings hangover. As stated, they get you out of the fog and back into a routine. Although the time change is in the middle of the night as to not disrupt people’s lives, it undoubtedly confuses our bodies for several days time. To ensure you spring back into the saddle of life, you can add whatever scheduled daily events might be helpful. Perhaps that includes take a run after lunch, playing with the kids after school, or biking five miles before dinner. Whatever you do, keep it the same every day until you feel the sweet release of having overcome the grip of daylight savings fatigue.
By Rachel Horwitz