How to Survive Daylight Saving Time
By edhat staff
Getting up an hour earlier than expected is rough, but here are some tips to survive Daylight Saving Time (DST).
It might just be one hour of sleep, but for many, those are 60 minutes of precious snoozing that can make a Monday somewhat tolerable.
At 2:00 a.m. Sunday, everyone's clocks will skip an hour and go right to 3:00 a.m. Well, everyone except Hawaii, Arizona, Guam, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Virgin Islands since those areas do not observe DST.
When nightly sleep gets messed up, it can cause just about anyone to feel irritable, sleepy, and/or hungry. To avoid the adult temper tantrums, try these tips to get your body's schedule back on track.
1. SOAK UP THE SUN
When the rain clouds clear from our recent storm, try walking outside or sitting near an open window where the sun can reach you. Light exposure is supposed to help regulate our internal clocks and sleep-wake cycle. The sooner you get near the sun, the more alert you'll feel early in the day and hopefully more sleepy by nightfall.
2. UNPLUG BEFORE BED
It's no secret that computer and television screens can affect sleep. The blue and white lights cause a part of our brain to react in a way that's not conducive to sleepy time. Shutting off electronics can let your brain relax and slow down.
This seems to be the answer to just about everything, but it's supposed to work. Especially if you keep your routine to the same time frame.
4. AVOID THE BOOZE
Boo, no fun. Even though a glass of wine or two may make you feel more sleepy, it can actually prevent you from achieving that deep sleep your body is craving. Don't worry, this is just for the next few days while your body adjusts.
5. STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE
This is boring but scientists say it works. So... try not to sleep in, keep getting up at the same time and going to bed at the same time, and apparently within a few days to a week, you'll be back to feeling normal again.
Good luck edhatters and we'll see you bright and early at the coffee shop on Monday morning.