It’s that time again: Daylight Savings time. With spring in the air, our clocks go forward and hour and we lose that precious #sleepytime. As I mentioned in my morning routine post, I am not a very good morning person. Waking up is already difficult as is and now I’ll be slightly rushed for the next week due to the time change.
Maybe, like me, you’re sensitive to time changes. Did you know that people do get depressed and become sick due to daylight savings time? It makes sense – seasonal changes along with the addition of stress clash when it comes to switching our schedules (even though we get used to it pretty quickly). How you cope with daylight savings time depends on your environment, behavior, and personal health.
Well today I am going to share 5 ways to cope with daylight savings time.
1. Let There Be Light
Exposing yourself to as much natural light as possible during waking hours will help suppress the secretion of melatonin (sleepy time chemical) and help you wake up and stay up.
Upon waking up, open up your curtains, turn on the lights, and let the fresh spring sunshine come in! Enjoy with a cup of coffee.
2. Help Yourself Stay Asleep
Staying asleep will help you get a goodnights rest. I can’t count the many times I have tossed and turned because of the following:
- Eating too late
- Drinking caffeine too late
- Exercising too late
- Electronics too late
So get rid of those late night habits and push everything back a few hours. You need to help yourself stay asleep. Check out my bedtime rituals post for some inspiration.
3. Ease Into It
Set you alarm earlier and earlier each day for a few days. This will help you get up feeling rested and avoid oversleeping until noon (guilty as charged). Studies show that waking up earlier is actually good for you too!
Melatonin pills may come in handy to help you fall asleep at night. If you’re a night owl by nature – then you know it’s hard to wind down when you’re suppose to.
My nutritionist has suggested melatonin pills. I wasn’t very comfortable taking them so I opted in for a natural way to get melatonin instead:
2 Tablespoons of Tarte Cherry Juice before bedtime.
- Please note that any advice given here is not to be taken as medically sound. Please check with your doctor or health care provider before taking any supplements.
5. Create A Relaxing Ambiance
Make sure that you aren’t spending this week stressed out – as it will make this switch a lot more difficult than it has to be. Check out my post about feeling overwhelmed for some tips. Everyone goes back to work on Monday but you can definitely make this weekend a peaceful one.
I love lighting my favorite candles, making a delicious and nutritious meal, and opting in for a spa night when I can. There are so many different ways I like to relax and I’m sure you have some relaxing routines you do too! So do them – ease into this transition and enjoy the new season ahead!
My favorite things for a relaxing day:
Hand-Knit Cable Throw (for snuggling)
Pink Yoga Mat (to ease stress, yoga is the best)