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It’s almost that time of year again, when those of us in the US roll our clocks back an hour. I won’t even get into how pointless I think this exercise is, but the fact remains I have to do it or be hopelessly out of sync with the world around me.
The main reason I don’t care for the roll back/roll forward on the clocks is that I am miserable for a couple weeks while my body adjusts to the new schedule. So I thought I would share with you the tricks I have learned to make it less miserable.
Get Plenty of Rest
For me, the main thing the time change disrupts is my sleep patterns. If I get plenty of rest in the week preceding the time change, I find that the transition goes a bit easier. I also try to start rolling back my own bedtime a few days before so that it doesn’t come as a shock to my system.
Expect To Feel It
One of the worst wastes of energy I see around me after a time change is all the people complaining about how they feel out of it. Yes, we just mass-imposed a new scheduled on our bodies. It is going to take a while to adjust. Don’t spend your time and energy complaining about it.
Limit Sugar And Caffeine
One of the best ways to snap your body into a new routine is to make sure that you have the appropriate nutrition. Extra caffeine and sugar may make you feel better in the short term, but they will not sustain your energy.
Especially go easy on caffeine the day of the time change. The last thing you need is to have a sleep disturbance from caffeine pile on top of a sleep disturbance from the time change.
Get Some Air and Exercise
One of the quickest ways to reset your body clock is to get sunshine and fresh air. As soon as possible after the time change, get out and soak up some rays. It will go a long way in resetting your clock.
If you consistently have trouble getting up because of the lack of light, invest in an alarm clock that simulates the sunrise. I have been very happy with my Soleil Sunrise Alarm Clock.
A Word About SAD
No, I’m not talking about sad as the emotion. I’m talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder. If you suspect that you suffer from it, please investigate the issue. This can be a form of depression, or it can worsen symptoms if you are already depressed. Please talk to your doctor. Appropriate light therapy can really make a difference. Lights are no longer astronomically expensive, and some are even portable (yes, I use one, it’s the Philips goLITE BLU Light Therapy Device. And yes, it does work.)
With a little bit of preparation and effort, the time change can be easier to handle. Do you have any tips? Please share below.
Photo by Dave Stokes