It’s that time of year, Daylight Savings Time. On Sunday, November 6th at 2am, it’ll be time to turn back the clock one hour. While many of you may adjust to the time change quickly, others may feel a little off while their bodies are adjusting to the change. While gaining an hour is certainly easier than losing an hour in the spring, a change in your body’s clock can still throw you off. To make the transition easier, I wanted to share a few quick tips to smooth the transition to fall time this weekend.
3 Ways to Prepare for Daylight Savings Time
Give yourself a few days to prepare for the upcoming time change. Try starting to stay up a little later each night, or if you’re able to, start resetting your clock an hour earlier on Friday. If you eat on a set schedule, adjust your mealtimes and go to bed an hour earlier.
Exercise releases serotonin in your body, which helps improve your mood and can make you tired. By adding in exercise early in the day, this will help you feel more tired if you are having difficulty adjusting the to the time change. Take a brisk walk or jog in the morning, but try to avoid working out in the evenings as this has been known to disrupt sleep.
Adjust your Lighting
Adjusting the amount of light in your home can help make the transition easier. Open the blinds in your home when you wake up, and dim the lights in the evening. Sunlight is needed to keep your circadian rhythms in check, and the fall and winter months can often make sleeping difficult and lead to depression. Get plenty of light in the morning and throughout the day as well. While natural night is preferred, it’s not always possible.
Making these simple lifestyle adjustments can have a huge impact on your transition into Daylight Savings Time this year. Depression and sleep difficulty are extremely common during fall and winter months. Taking some of these steps can help improve your mood and ability to get good sleep.