Ten Tips to Surviving Daylight Savings

Spring Ahead - time to change the clocks.  Try these tips to make it a successful transition.

Start Preparing Now

Daylight Savings is right around the corner and unfortunately, springing ahead means we lose an hour of sleep. Don’t despair. There are plenty of things you can start doing now to prepare for the change in time. Here are our top ten tips to surviving Daylight Savings:

  1. Start Prepping Now – In the days leading up to the time change, try going to bed 15 to 20 minutes earlier. At the very least, go to bed earlier on Saturday night so you wake up feeling a little more rested Sunday morning when you’ve lost an hour.
  2. Amp Up Your Bedtime Routine – If you’ve been going, going, going, take some time to improve your bedtime routine and work on relaxing. Take a warm bath, drink a cup of tea, and read a good book. All of these things will help your body unwind.
  3. Avoid Electronics – At least an hour before bed, turn off the TV, put away your computer and leave your iPad and smart phone outside the bedroom. Studies suggest that the blue light emitted from these devices can suppress the sleep hormone, melatonin, making it difficult for you to fall asleep.
  4. Limit Alcohol and Caffeine – Both of these can inhibit sleep, so you should avoid them in the hours before bed. This is contrary to what many believe. But even if that nighttime glass of wine or beer makes you feel sleepy, it can lead to disruptive sleep throughout the night, causing you to wake up feeling groggy.
  5. Open the Blinds – It’s going to get light later, so you’ll need all the help you can get. If you’re used to sleeping with the blinds entirely closed, consider opening them a bit right before going to bed, so you’re not waking up in total darkness. Once you get up, open all the blinds and let the light in. Immediate sun exposure can help your body acclimate to the time change more quickly.
  6. Change ALL the Clocks – You won’t likely forget to change your alarm clock or the clock in your bedroom, but be sure to change ALL the clocks you rely on. If you use the automatic timer on your coffee pot, be sure to change it. If you’re used to glancing at the oven clock for a time check, change it. Find your car manual now, so you can change that clock, too!
  7. Give Yourself Extra Time – For the first few days after the clocks change, there are going to be people out there who forgot or didn’t read this blog post. They will be rushing around like crazy trying to make up for lost time. Some of them will be driving and likely speeding to their destinations. Leave early and give yourself some extra time.
  8. Confirm Appointments – If you have meetings and appointments on Monday morning, it would be wise to confirm the time and perhaps give a gentle reminder of the time change. No one wants to be an hour early for these things.
  9. Apply These Tips to Kids – Children are especially vulnerable to the time change. You can help them by putting them to bed early for the next few nights and encouraging a full 8-10 hours of sleep on Saturday and Sunday night. It will be darker when they wake up Monday morning and no one is going to want to get up for school. When they’re fighting the Monday blues, remind them how great it will be when it stays lighter longer in the evening.
  10. Enjoy Spring – If it’s felt like a long winter and you’ve been dragging, daylight savings can literally feel like a breath of fresh air. Spring is here. Enjoy the warmer temperatures and longer daylight hours!