Well, it’s almost that time of year again! We go from getting into our daily routines to getting 1 less hour of sleep when the springtime change occurs. Some of us adapt to the change with no problems, and go throughout our day like nothing happened while others of us struggle through for a couple of days to adjust. Our brains can comprehend the time change, but our bodies internally cannot (which is completely understandable). Daylight Savings Time (DST) came to fruition in the 1990’s and there was a debate on the effects it could have on society:
- Safety: Due to the lack of sleep in the springtime, there have been more known traffic accidents. Everyone’s brains are running on less sleep, which makes their reaction times, and decision making processes delayed.
- Economy: While most businesses are not severely affected, there are some that are impacted because of the time changes. Farmers gain or lose hours of light which impacts their harvest, theatres lose money as some days are shorter in the winters which equals less movie times able to be shown, and similarly television shows are cut shorter with fewer hours in the day which can also lead to a loss of profit.
So how do we help prepare our bodies for a smoother transition of losing that precious hour or two of sleep come March 13, 2016?
Planning Ahead Never Hurt Anyone
Instead of dealing with the time change on Sunday, and dragging through the beginning of your workweek try to start early. Wake up a little earlier on Friday (I know!) and Saturday (Even crazier, I know!) and you will be thanking yourself come Monday morning. Try and consume meals a little earlier in the day, and get your body clock adjusted before getting thrown in on Sunday.
Stay Away From Alcohol
For the weekend near daylight savings time, do your body a favor and either stay away or cut way back on the consumption of alcohol. Overall, alcohol can disrupt your sleeping cycles, which is going to be critical to maintaining if you want a smooth adjustment.
Get A Workout In
When you workout there are a multitude of good endorphins that are released in your system. Along with positive endorphin's, there is also serotonin released which helps your body adjust and adapt to its surroundings along with maintain its current mood. It is best to get your day started with exercise preferably outdoors for a better start to your day and mood!
Time Your Meals Just Right
I don’t know about you, but the time change not only affects my sleep but it also affects my mealtime routines. With this upcoming time change you will be hungrier for meals “later” because your body still is stuck an hour in the past. Try and give yourself enough time to digest your meal before heading to bed as this too can affect your sleeping patterns.
Hopefully you will be able to incorporate some of these tips and tricks this year during daylight savings time. Don’t forget, it starts on March 13, 2016 at 2:00am! Set those clocks an hour forward, and get your body ready!