Let’s face it. Most of us out there are not huge fans of “falling back” from Daylight Saving Time to standard time on first Sunday of November. We say goodbye to that extra hour of daylight in the evening, enjoying sunsets on the patio and kids playing in the yard until well past seven. We begrudgingly accept headlights for the homebound commute, the end of evening walks around the neighborhood and our offspring cooped up in the house from 5:00 till bedtime.
To make matters a little worse, moving the clock resets our 24-hour natural cycle, or circadian rhythm. Sure, we may fall asleep a little easier given that our bodies think it’s an hour ahead, but that sometimes leads to making it a little harder to “get up and go” in the mornings considering our bodies think it’s an hour earlier. In fact, during early November and beyond, many people get up earlier, have more trouble falling asleep, and are more likely to wake up during the night.
While we here at Community Coffee Company certainly encourage maintaining your morning coffee along with another coffee or tea after lunch to keep you sharp, we have additional suggestions to help make it through the time shift. (As an added bonus, most of these actually apply when you “spring forward” next April. They’ll still be on our blog then, too.)
Wake Up at a Normal Time the Sunday Morning of the Time Change
In fall, many people see the extra hour as an excuse to stay up later and sleep in longer. But sleeping through the Sunday morning sunlight can leave you feeling out of sorts for the start of the week. Instead, try to get up at the same time. Use the extra hour to go for a morning walk or make a hearty breakfast.
Eat Right and Exercise
Really, eating right and exercising is advice that applies to the entire year, but it’s especially important to help your body adjust to its new sleeping pattern. An active lifestyle and a healthy diet can work wonders for your sleep. So, during the first week of the time change, exercise for at least 30 minutes during the day and make sure you eat balanced meals.
Get a Good, Normal Night's Sleep Sunday Night
Make sure your room is cool, quiet and dark. Turn off the laptop, tablet and phone. Hit the hay at your usual bedtime, even though it will be dark one hour earlier.
Know That Your Body Will Adjust
Some people have a harder time adjusting and it might take a few days to feel 100 percent normal, but don’t worry: Your body will become accustomed to the new light-dark cycle.
However you choose to take on the time change, employ some of these tips and you’ll adjust easier. And get some rest. The holidays are just around the corner!