Daylight Saving Time Starts March 10: Survive the Switch
March 7, 2019
If you’re starting to feel like this winter will never end, great news: spring is right on the horizon. And that means daylight saving time is, too. To help ease the adjustment to the extra daylight hours, follow these simple tips.
Reset your internal clock. Your body is naturally wired to wake and sleep in coordination with the sun, so it’s natural to get a little confused when daylight hours suddenly shift. In order to adjust, try adding a few extra hours of “daylight” to your routine now by spending the early evening hours out of the house or keeping the overhead lights on at your home until close to bedtime. You might also try exercising after dinner, which can give your mood a boost and also help you avoid immediately falling onto the couch after dinner.
Get into a bedtime routine. Now that you know light keeps you awake, it’s obvious that the lack of light helps you get sleepy. Dim lighting actually triggers the release of melatonin, a hormone in the body that naturally makes your eyelids feel heavy. So about an hour before you want to go to bed, power down your phone and start shutting off some lights. This will help keep your bedtime constant, despite the time change.
Take it easy on caffeine and alcohol. A stimulant and a depressant, respectively, caffeine and alcohol both mess with your sleep cycle in different ways. If you’re really dedicated to getting to bed at a normal hour after daylight saving time, cut out or at least ease back on coffee and wine.