It’s THAT time of year again. We reset our clocks and SPRING FORWARD. I have never liked springing forward. UGH!!!! It takes my body months, yes months, to adjust to losing that hour.
Give me my hour back!!
I like having the extra sunshine, but why oh why can’t I have my cake and eat it too? I am a true hermit when it’s cold and dark outside. So yes I will be out more enjoying nature’s vitamin D.
Do you how did daylight savings time began?
In a 1784 essay Benjamin Franklin wrote that adjusting the clocks in the spring would save on candles. Not something we have to worry about now but saving energy is still connected to the reasoning behind daylight savings time. In 1966 the U.S. adopted the Uniform Time Act of 1966. States do not have to comply, Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight savings time.
Hawaii for the win!!!
It seems that this year my body is already adjusting to the time change. I’m waking up an hour earlier. That has never happened before but I’m totally embracing it. Anything to help me deal with the loss.
Here are a few helpful tips that can make the transition a little easier.
- 2 weeks out start to make gradual changes…..whelp.. we missed that boat. Go to bed & wake up 10-15 minutes earlier daily. The slow change is not such a shook to the body.
- Try to keep your schedule. Stay consistent with eating, social & exercise times. Don’t workout within 4 hours of bedtime. This raises your bodytemp and can make it harder to fall asleep.
- Have a nighttime ritual…..it’s not just for the kids anymore! Slowly wind down, take a warm shower or bath, dim the lights and turn off ALL electronics…that includes the tv. This one is hardest for me, the tv helps put me to sleep.
- No long naps – you might feel like you need that midday nap but DON’T DO IT. Step out into the sunshine- it stimulates your body & helps to retain your inner clock.
- Last thing… work the hour change into your schedule. The closer you stick to your normal routine the faster your body will adjust to the clock.
I hope this information helps you adjust this weekend.
For the first time EVER I’m actually looking forward to Springing Forward. What tips do you have for adjusting to Daylight Savings Time?
Beewisdom- “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”- Ben Franklin