You Snooze, You Lose!
How to Prepare for Daylight Savings Time
Fun fact: Daylight Savings Time was established to take advantage of the longer daylight hours of summer and originally suggested by Ben Franklin in order to save money on candles!
Every year it happens: we roll over and look at our cellphones, realizing the dreaded reality that we’ve lost an hour of sleep. It’s Daylight Savings Time this month, and while we all knew it was coming, it doesn’t mean we’re prepared for it. For those of us who still have clocks in our homes, it’s important to remember to adjust them accordingly. There’s nothing more frustrating than being late to an appointment in the craziness of springing forward. But thankfully, you can prepare in advance for this yearly tradition. Here are some tips to help you survive daylight savings time:
• Go to bed earlier the week prior to the big day, which will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 13th. Start in 15 minute increments.
• Avoid alcohol the weekend of, which negatively affects sleep.
• Say goodbye to caffeine after 1:30 p.m. for the week in order to make it easier to go to bed earlier.
• Try to get a lot of natural sunlight exposure when you first wake up in the morning; it is a trigger to your body that it’s time to begin the day.
• On Saturday, get moving in a vigorous morning workout, which helps advance the body clock, making going to bed and waking up early even easier.
• Take small naps after Daylight Savings to compensate for missed sleep, but avoid doing it past 4 p.m. and never longer than 15-30 minutes.
• Exercise caution on the roads. Sleep deprivation due to the time change has also led to an increase in road accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. W