The Successful Way to Spring Ahead

ARTICLE BY | Michele Olson

Daylight saving time is just around the corner, which means soon you’ll be running around the house making sure you’ve changed every clock so they’re an hour ahead. If you’re tempted to fling the alarm clock or your phone across the room when you are robbed of that precious hour of sleep, you’re not alone. That small one-hour shift can affect your sleep cycle, and who needs that? Being tired has also been shown to wreak havoc on productivity, concentration, and generally feeling like yourself.  Still, we seem to be ineffective when it comes to changing the tradition of springing forward and falling back. In the name of making lemonade out of lemons, how can we make the best of this annoying fact of life? These five tips will put a spring back in your step as you adjust to daylight saving.

 

  1. Supplement with Sound. White noise and the popular trend of pink noise (think rain and waterfalls) may be what you need to distract your brain and help alleviate that foggy feeling many people experience after the time change. There are machines and phone apps with a multitude of sounds to suit your mood and send you to your appointment with the Sand Man

  2. Schedule This and That. Going to bed and getting up at a consistent time can also help with the aftermath of moving the clock. If you’re going to have a few naps, this is the week to indulge. Besides, who doesn’t like permission to take a nap? Become a bit stricter about incorporating exercise into your routine and try to do it at the same time every day. Consistency will help get your body back into sync.

  3. Soak a Little Sunshine. Speaking of exercise, why not get out for a walk and get some sun at the same time. The light you’ll experience, especially in the form of sunshine, will help your body clock get back on track.

  4. Next Day, Eat Right Away. The morning after the big event, eat a healthy breakfast first thing. Food is your body’s signal that it’s time to start the day. Even if you usually hold off on breakfast, this is a day to chow down.

  5. Move to This Crazy Idea.  If you detest the change, you could move to Hawaii or Arizona! They don’t observe the practice along with American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Or, how about a nice vacation in those places twice a year?

Bottom line? Don’t panic. Any issues you have won’t stick around. It may take up to a week for your circadian and sleep rhythms to adjust to the new clock after the time change, but you will get there!


ABOUT | Michele


Michele is a mom, wife, and grandmother who has been writing about the world of natural medicines for over twenty-five years. A professional voice talent, watercolor artist, and author, Michele enjoys conveying all that is possible in natural health through multiple communication styles—including a good laugh.