08 Mar How to Conquer Daylight Saving Time Fatigue
It’s been a long winter. Look, we don’t want to jinx anything, but according to the calendar, the season is finally nearing its end. Spring is on its way, even if your thermostat isn’t showing it yet. How do we know for sure? It’s Daylight Savings time! On March 10th, at 2 am, it’s time to “spring forward.”
For some, one of the dreariest parts of winter is the lack of sunshine, which provides a healthy dose of vitamin-D. Many people spend their entire days inside one building for their job or studies—in the winter, this can mean almost no exposure to the sun whatsoever. When the morning alarm begins to blare, it’s dark. When it’s finally time to go home after work or class, it’s dark.
When Daylight Savings Time rolls around, those winter blues can begin to lift. On that first afternoon after your clocks spring forward, leaving work or college to see a later sunset feels like a revelation.
Springtime Daylight Savings may mean that winter is on its way out, but there is one little catch. When we set our clocks forward, we miss out on a precious hour of sleep—something not everyone can afford to lose.
If you’re already dreading the morning of March 11th, read on. We have a few tips for tackling the exhaustion that can come with those first few days of Daylight Savings Time:
You already know it’s coming, so why not make a few small changes in the days leading up to Daylight Savings Time? By giving your body a little bit of warning, you might find yourself adjusting quicker to the new time than you thought you would.
Here are a couple of our favorite ways to help prepare for Daylight Savings Time fatigue:
- Try going to sleep a little earlier leading up to the 10th. The same applies if you’re going change time zone and jetlag could be an issue”
- Start your first post-Daylight Savings morning off on the right foot by prepping your breakfast the night before. Whether this means mixing up some overnight oats, baking some banana bread, or even whipping up a breakfast sandwich to pop into the oven first thing, making yourself breakfast ahead of time is a great way to sneak in some extra sleep and fuel your body with much-needed energy.
Keep control of your schedule
When you’re busy, it’s easy for a few “yesses” to turn into an overpacked schedule with no time for yourself. By stretching yourself too thin, you set yourself up for burnout.
This week, as Daylight Savings Time approaches, take stock of your schedule for the week. We know that plenty of your commitments are unchangeable, but it may be possible to move a few smaller things around. Even if you can’t change a single event on your upcoming calendar, you can—and should—still use this time to plan ahead to ensure you have the energy you need to tackle your week.
A few things to consider:
- What is the earliest your schedule will allow you to go to bed this week? And the latest you are able to sleep in? If possible, don’t add any new commitments after those hours, and stick to those bed and wake-up times.
- Are there some gaps in your schedule for you to take a break? When are they? Utilize these to take some downtime for yourself—this can mean a number of things, from a quick nap in your car to enjoy your lunch outside in the sun. It will give you a chance to recharge before starting your next task.
- What will you be eating this week? For the very busy, it’s often meals on the go. When heading to the supermarket for this week’s groceries, look for some nourishing and energizing snacks, like nuts, apples, avocadoes, or eggs (for hard boiling.)
Let’s get physical
Regular exercise an important way to stay fit. As it turns out, it can also be linked to healthy sleep habits. Studies have found that physical activity can help you fall asleep more easily and it can improve your mood when you haven’t gotten enough sleep.
The key, of course, is to exercise at the right time. After all, studies have shown that physical activity can increase the body’s ability to produce energy. Because of this, it might make more sense to fit your workout into your morning routine in the days following Daylight Savings Time. This is ideal for a couple of reasons. First, it will boost your energy for the upcoming day, which you might need after losing an hour of sleep. Second, if you’re trying to go to sleep earlier and be less tired during the day, exercising in the evening might give you too much energy to sleep—which, well, kind of misses the whole point.
Feeling like you don’t have time to hit the gym? There are plenty of ways to get moving, even during a busy day:
- Keep a yoga mat in your car or workspace. Stretching is a great way to wake your body up. You can stretch nearly anywhere.
- Another thing to have handy? A pair of sneakers. That way, if you have twenty minutes to burn, you can take a brisk walk or jog around the block to get your blood flowing.
Find time for a catnap
A little bit of sleep can go a long way. If the Daylight Savings blues are causing you to crash, it might make sense to go for a power nap. Now, if your last nap resulted in a groggy, miserable wakeup, you might be shaking your head, and thinking, “No way. I don’t nap.”
When we sleep, our brain produces different waves than it does when awake. We also experience something called rapid eye movement, or REM. When you come out of a nap feeling even more exhausted than before, the problem is often that you woke up during the wrong stage of your sleep cycle. If you can afford a 90-minute nap, you will be giving yourself a full sleep cycle. After waking up, you should expect to feel energized and ready to go.
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