This weekend we'll spring forward and set our clocks to daylight savings time. Many of us welcome longer days, more sunlight, and the sign spring is right around the corner, but with those gains, also comes a cost, granted, it's a small one.
Some people hate the thought of losing an hour of sleep, even if it's only for a day. There are things you can do to ease the transition, by preparing your body for the sudden change.
"In 15 minute increments change the time you go to sleep a little earlier. So, start about a week ahead 15 minutes. A couple of days into it then- 30 minutes, closer to the end of the week 45 minutes and a couple of days before the time change go to bed an hour early," said Jane Ehrman, M.Ed. with Cleveland Clinic.
You may also want to try exercising a bit more this week to wear yourself out. You can also try getting a little more light exposure when you get up in the morning.
Maybe a light box or wavelength light could help shift your internal clock, but if you can't make these adjustments this week and start feeling some mid-day sleepiness after the time change takes effect, there are additional tactics you can employ.
"Get up and take a brisk walk in the middle of the day. That will reenergize you. Or drink some water because when you're better hydrated you have more energy. Have a healthy snack. Maybe some fruit and some nuts or some hummus and some veggies to not only help you to have more energy but it will keep you clear-headed."
If you're able to sneak in a 15 or 20-minute power nap during the day, do it. Just try to get it in before 3:00 PM so you don't have trouble falling asleep at night.