Getting Over Daylight Savings Time Change

Posted on: March 10th, 2014 by Ashton Service Group
Minimizing Daylight Savings Effects

Try not to nap too long during the day.

We have lost an hour of sleep just like that. Almost everyone has changed their clocks forward an hour on Sunday March 9th 2014.

It should not affect us but it does, the effects of daylight saving time can be described as what you experience with jet lag: having less energy, less mental alertness, feeling tired overall. Eventually your body will adjust but there are a number of things you can to stay safe and healthy.

1. Over the next week, try to get some sun in the morning (yes- sometimes in Vancouver we do not see sun for a long stretch but catch rays when we do)—sit by a window while you have your breakfast, or go for a quick walk around the block. It helps your internal clock sync up to the time change.

2. Leave extra time to get to wherever you’re going so you can focus on getting there safely and not have to rush and worry about being late.

3. Exercise! Working out releases serotonin, a brain chemical that can help our bodies adjust. Exercising outdoors can be especially helpful for your internal clock to synchronize. Or you can do a few jumping jacks and running in place to get your heart pumping.

4. This may be hard but don’t nap. Long naps can mess up with your sleeping pattern for later in the night—keeping you awake longer as you cannot fall asleep. If you must take an afternoon siesta, don’t do it too close to bedtime, and keep it short—no more than 20 minutes.

5. Don’t drink. Alcohol seems like it should help you sleep—and, at first, it does. But drinking can actually reduce REM sleep, which is thought to be the best kind of sleep.

Try all of a few of these tips and they should help your body adjust to the daylight savings change faster.

 

 

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