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How to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time

March 10, 2016

In just a few days it’ll be time to Spring Forward…yup, daylight savings time is here! Before you set your clocks ahead an hour, check out how you can adjust to daylight savings time.

Waking up on Mondays is already tough. Losing an extra hour of sleep? Ugh.

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At least everybody else is right there with you. Want to get ahead of the curve? Read these tips on how to adjust to daylight savings time.

Good Moooorrrrrrnnning!

Light is going to be your biggest challenge, so it helps to learn how to use it. Light keeps that sleep-inducing substance melatonin at bay, so you’ll want to expose yourself to as much light as possible during the day.

On the flip side, stay away from the light at night. When you’re winding down, keep the lights low and don’t put those bright-screened electronics super close to your face. Anything you can do to trick your body to go to bed an hour earlier before the daylight savings switch will help you in the long run.

Bedtime Routine

If you have kids you know a bedtime routine can be key to letting them know it’s time to start winding down. The same goes for adults.

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Take a hot bath before bed, make sure you go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. You’ll want to try to teach your body a sleep pattern so it recognizes when it’s time to snooze.

Work it Out

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Exercise releases serotonin, a chemical in your brain that helps your body adjust to the time change. If you work out outside early in the day you can help teach your body when it should be most alert. The trick is to get your jog in WAY before bedtime…you don’t want all that extra energy when it’s time to go to sleep.

Cocktails? No Thanks.

If you’re thinking, “but wait, having a glass of wine helps me sleep!” we get it…but it doesn’t really work that way. Alcohol actually interferes with normal sleep cycles, so don’t rely on a drink or two to catch some zzz’s.

The good news is you only have to go through the whole daylight savings time thing twice a year, but springing forward is always a harder adjustment since you lose an hour of sleep. If you use these tips and tricks you should be able to wake up with no problem (or at least it won’t be harder than any other Monday).

Sweet dreams!