Daylight Savings Time Tips

It’s finally almost here, and we’ve all been looking forward to it since the new year began: spring. After Daylight Savings Time on March 10th, we can look forward to longer hours of daylight, the arrival of the best seasonal fruits and vegetables and even energy conservation! However, it does have one drawback: the loss of one hour of sleep.

You may feel a little more tired and even grumpy in the weeks following Daylight Savings Time. Your body is adjusting to a new sleep schedule, especially if you are someone who rises with the sun! Thankfully, a little preparation will have you springing out of bed, and ready to spring forward. Here are some tips:

  • Get Your Body Ready. If your body isn’t used to waking up in the dark, or losing an hour of sleep affects you more than you’d like, going to bed and waking up a few minutes earlier each day in the week leading up to the time change can help your body adjust more quickly. If you have children, this applies to them as well!
  • Set a reminder. Most of us rely on our phones for an alarm clock, but if you still have an old-school clock on your nightstand, don’t forget to set a reminder to spring it forward. If you are relying on your phone, make sure it is charged before going to bed.
  • Make the morning easier. Another option to avoid losing an hour of sleep? Make life easier the next morning by setting up your coffee pot, laying out an outfit and showering the night before. Then, you can sleep in longer to make up for the lost hour and still make it out the door in time for work.