I hate daylight saving time. It’s weird and unnerving. I get particularly angry when we “spring forward,” because I feel like I’m losing an hour of my time. That’s an hour that I could have spent reading or sleeping or snacking – gone in an instant!
And apparently, I’m not the only one who dislikes the time change. “Springing forward” has been found to cause increased feelings of fatigue, reduced productivity, and higher rates of physical accidents. So basically, on the day that the clocks change, people feel tired and unmotivated, and they trip a lot. Not fun.
But daylight saving time is coming, and we need to make the best of it. On Sunday, March 11th, you’ll need to move your clocks forward an hour. Here are some tips to help you cope:
- A few days before the time changes, start getting up around 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. You’ll be better prepared for the time disruption.
- The day before the time changes, avoid caffeine, alcohol, afternoon naps, and other things that may disrupt your sleep. And get some exercise. You’ll be all set for a good night’s rest.
- The morning after the time changes, don’t sleep in. Embrace the change, get up at your regular time, and get moving. If you can, go outside in the sun. The sunlight will help you to feel more energetic and alert.
Good luck! And remember to move your clocks forward on March 11th!
Davis, J. L. (2008, February 13). Ease your way to daylight-saving time. WebMD. Retrieved from: https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/ease-your-way-to-daylight-saving-time#1