Lose an Hour, Gain Some Light
The start of Daylight Savings—when we spring forward—can be a bit rough. After all, losing precious sleep is never fun for anyone. And even though it’s just an hour, there’s something quite jarring about the whole thing, making most of us feel sluggish and unmotivated for days afterward.
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But there are some very simple ways to make this time of year so much easier. In fact, if you follow the five steps below, you may not even miss that hour at all. Here’s what to do.
1. Go to Bed Earlier in Small Increments
If Daylight Savings is making you feel sluggish, consider changing your bedtime. You’ve lost an hour, so hit the hay an hour early. If that feels like too much, consider a half hour or even 15 minutes early. See how you feel after a few days and if you’re still tired, consider pushing back your bedtime even earlier. A good night’s sleep is really important, but you’ll only get one if you’re flexible with your bedtime.
2. Resist the Urge to Party All Night
If you go hard on the weekends, you may want to reconsider—at least for a few weeks. Keep things low-key or consider having a night in. Your 2 am nights are now 3 am nights. Even if you’re the type who goes out every weekend, it’s worth staying in or calling it a night early so you don’t end up overly tired.
3. Stay Hydrated
Any time your sleep is messed with, your body can feel rundown. Instead of reaching for the caffeine, opt for drinking lots of water to refresh and renew your system. While you’re at it, commit to eating healthier around Daylight Savings time so that you can stay nourished. Protein, leafy greens and complex grains will give you the energy you need to make it through.
4. Engage in Self-Care
Spend the Sunday of Daylight Savings relaxing however you do it best—get a massage, meditate, journal or take a restorative yoga class. These things will further help counteract the effects of losing an hour of sleep. Plus, it’s always good to have an excuse to do something special for yourself, right? This is not the day to have a packed schedule, take a stressful trip or tackle a to-do list. Be kind to yourself!
5. Enjoy the Sunshine
Instead of dreading the fact that we’re losing an hour, relish the chance for more light. Take a bike ride or go on a walk after work. Meet friends for drinks at a rooftop bar. Whatever, you choose to do, intentionally take advantage of the fact that it stays lighter later. By making plans in advance, you can look forward to Daylight Savings instead of fearing it, making the whole thing a more positive experience.