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I, for one, do not know why daylight savings is still a thing. I can understand a time when it made decent sense but now, I don’t recognize the use for it. The BBC posted a brilliant article discussing the controversy surrounding daylight saving. If you can believe it, it has been scientifically shown that “springing forward” increases the number of car accidents on the Monday following the time change. (Basically, we should have Monday be a national holiday to avoid driving under the influence of the sleepies.) Additionally, the switching back and forth must cause disruption in sleep habits. I know it does for me! This morning, I woke up at 6:00am to a frightfully dark room and my body screaming “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! GO BACK TO SLEEP.” So I did. Thank you daylight savings for not helping me quick my snoozing habit. According to the BBC article, there are data that even show an increase in strokes following daylight savings time changes. Sounds like a solid thing to keep doing right?
In all fairness, I get some of the perspective from the other side as well. Having light for longer later in the day is nice too. I’m always interested in lowering my electricity bill so that is definitely a positive result.
However, I just can’t be converted into a fan of daylight savings. So, in the meantime, here are some tips from around the inter-webs that may help you:
- Exercise – Preferably early in the morning! This will help wake you up and will allow your body to release serotonin. (And will ultimately help you make the harsh adjustment…because who decided that making the shift at midnight on the weekend was a good idea.)
- Adjust the lighting the mirror the time – Make sure that in the evening your room is DARK when you go to sleep. It will help you go to sleep faster and sleep more soundly. Then, in the morning, open up your blinds and turn on the lights. Make sure your body knows it is time to wake up!
- Prepare – No one likes change and you are about to rock your body with either an hour less (or an hour more) of sleep. Begin the adjustment a few days earlier and make sure you stay on your sleep schedule. Don’t let yourself wake up at 10:00am on Sunday…unless that is normally when you wake up in which case rock on.
- Consider taking melatonin – This will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. If you are one to get easily messed up by changes to your sleep patterns, I would highly recommend it.
- Limit caffeine – Yeah, this one feels wrong to say but caffeine causes you to crash and if you are already feeling tired, it will just make it worse. Try to start your day with a cup of warm lemon water (literally hot water like for tea and slices of lemon) and an apple. This will help wake you up with out the jitters.
Hopefully you survived this daylight savings transition! What would you add to this list?