Tips for Beating the Daylight Savings Fatigue

"Saturday marks daylight savings, which means your oven clock will be wrong for the next six months." Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live.

“Saturday marks daylight savings, which means your oven clock will be wrong for the next six months.” -Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live.

For most, daylight savings is a welcome change. The extra daylight is fantastic, and it’s an event that tells us Spring isn’t far behind. But that glorious sunlight comes at a cost; our sleep schedules.

The daylight savings fatigue is a very real health issue, and even though it’s only a one hour time change, the effects can last up to two weeks. So on Thursday, if you find your milk in the pantry and your cereal in the refrigerator, it’s possible your body is still adjusting. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we did a little research, and there are a few things we can do for ourselves that will help our body and mind make the transition. Here are a few tips to get through the daylight savings sleep fog:

1) Get up early. Set your alarm for 10 minutes earlier than you usually wake up, and leave your blinds open. Take full advantage of the daylight’s ability to wake you up.

2) Exercise. If you can exercise in bright daylight, your body will thank you. Try to get at least 30 minutes every day.

3) Eat dinner an hour earlier. If you start your routine a little earlier, it will help you settle into sleep sooner.

4) Turn off the screens in the evening. Computers, phones, and televisions mimic daylight and keep your brain awake. In the evening, switch to music, books, or quiet “offline” activities.

5) If you have kids, keep bed-time the same. Even though it will be lighter out, if bed-time is 9:00 pm, keep it at 9:00 pm. It might be a little rocky at first, but eventually they’ll adjust back to their normal pattern.

 

If you have any other ideas to get your sleep clock back on track, please share them in our comments. Hopefully we’ll all be back to normal soon!

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  1. I always use the dinner earlier tip. It really helps get everyone thinking the day is wrapping up and gets them to bed earlier 😀

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