March 8, 2017
Spring Forward Survival Tips
This Sunday, March 12th marks the beginning of Daylight Savings Time and it’s time to spring forward! It’s OK to heavily sigh. We’re faking the excitement. The change in time can cause many of us to feel sluggish, groggy, and generally off.
To help with the transition, here are four tips to keep yourself from falling victim to the leap ahead. If you are responsible for kids, this information will save your sanity next week too.
Make small changes—starting tonight!
Small changes can make a big impact on how you feel during the first few days. Start by going to bed 15 minutes earlier than usual tonight and, if possible, set your alarm to wake you up 15 minutes earlier as well. Continue moving your bedtime and alarm up by 15 minutes each day for the rest of the week.
Routine, routine, routine.
Even though it’s light outside, go to bed at your normal time and eat meals at your regularly scheduled hours. Your body will adjust much more quickly after the leap forward.
No naps allowed!
The change in time might cause you to feel the midday crash a little sooner and more intensely than usual. However, resist catching some afternoon shut eye! Napping during the day can cause trouble later in the evening when you’re trying to get a good night’s sleep.
Change your clocks.
This may be obvious but, while many of our more modern timekeeping devices automatically adjust, we recommend setting a reminder to take 10 minutes to walk around your home and change your clocks and watches: the clock in your car, the microwave, and your coffee pot. You’re going to need that hot cuppa joe as you adjust to getting up one hour earlier.