WHAT IS DAYLIGHT SAVINGS?
Somewhere in the fourth grade I’m sure a lesson was taught on the significance of daylight savings but like most things, it didn’t stick. So according to the Salem Press Encyclopedia, Daylight Saving Time (DST) has been adopted by 40% of the world’s countries and is used as a method of energy conservation by adjusting clocks so that afternoons have more daylight.
Although DST has been implemented in the United States since 1918, many of us still have yet to master the inevitable change of time.
Use the Weekend to Prepare for Time Change
Every DST occurs on a Sunday which affords most people the entire weekend to adjust for the change. Prepare by using the days ahead to slowly adapt by shifting clocks 30 minutes ahead and going to bed respectively on Friday and Saturday nights. This will help your internal clock to reset more easily so that by Sunday night you’ll be better prepared to handle the busy morning ahead.
Go to Bed Early
If you’re used to 8 hours of sleep then go to bed early enough to acquire the necessary amount of sleep to get you through the day. If your prune to sleeping problems then avoid foods and drinks that are heavy stimulants. For instance, stay away alcohols and caffeinated drinks as they will keep you awake, tossing and turning all night.
Plan for the Morning Ahead Accordingly
It’s always best to stick to your morning routine. If you normally wake up early to exercise or meditate then make an intention to do just that. Don’t keep hitting snooze on the alarm. Even with if you used the weekend to prepare, expect for your body to still be on a different schedule. Make an effort to shake it off and have a productive morning.
Don’t Rush on the Morning Commute
Studies have shown that the 1st week after DST is one of the highest times for fatal car crashes. Countless people will be running late to work, fatigued and downright crabby. Unfortunately not everyone can be as proactive as you, on average most people require an entire week to officially adjust to darker morning routines. Luckily, you’ll be well-adjusted and ready to leave a few minutes early to avoid the rush of mad drivers.
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