5 Ways to Fight Daylight Saving Time Sluggishness

November 5, 2018

© Nikolay Mikhalchenko - Dreamstime.com

Does the time change have you thrown off? Twice a year we adjust the clocks one hour. In the Spring, we Spring forward and lose an hour of sleep. In the Fall, we fall back and gain an hour of sleep. 

While getting that extra hour of sleep was nice Sunday, you may feel a bit off because now it's getting dark at like 5:15! Eek! As we get into Winter, the nights get longer and daylight is much shorter. If you're struggling with the time change, here are a few tips to help you adjust to it. 

1. Go to Bed at the normal time after the time change: You may have slept an extra hour, but that doesn't mean you should go to bed an hour later. By going to sleep at what would be your normal time, you will get more sleep and not throw off your circadian rhythm. 

2. Avoid the Snooze Button: Hitting the snooze button is a bad, bad habit. Repeatedly snoozing does not give you more quality sleep. In fact, you may feel more tired after 30 minutes of snoozing rather than just waking up at your original set time. 

3. Use Your Bedroom for Sleep Only: Get all the comfy pillows and blankets and create the perfect environment for sound sleep. Keep your computers, tablets, and the TV out of the room. The light and stimulation from these devices will just make it harder to go to sleep. 

4. Start Your Day With a Workout: Buring calories first thing in the morning can help energize you for your day. Also, a regular workout schedule can help make you tired when it's time to go to bed. 

5. Open the Blinds in the Morning: Natural light will help your body wake itself up more naturally. 

I enjoyed the extra hour of sleep although, sleep is hard for me. Being pregnant means I sleep maybe four to five hours a night and then I wake up for an hour or some at 3 am. I would kill to get a full, uninterrupted 8 hours of sleep.