At 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10th, our clocks will spring forward one hour for daylight savings time. While everyone loves the extra hour of daylight afforded by the adjustment, most will freely admit that it poses quite the threat to their sleep schedules!
The fact of the matter is that our bodies need on average anywhere between seven to nine hours of sleep each night. However, most adults in our modern day age are chronically sleep deprived due to increasing deadlines, stress, and daily distractions such as television and smart phones.
With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that our bodies start to drag once daylight savings kicks in. You’re subtracting an hour from our already exhausted selves! Fortunately, there are ways to combat the drag that many experience this time of year. Read below for some tips to help your body adjust to daylight savings time!
- Instead of sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday, get some early morning sun to help your internal sleep-wake rhythm regulate.
- On Sunday and Monday after daylight savings, resist the urge to linger in the evening light.
- Talk to your doctor about taking a low dose of melatonin a few hours before sunset.
- Continue and maintain a routine with regular meal times.
- Avoid caffeine throughout the day and get plenty of exercise.