Side effects can last for multiple days after the initial change. So, depending on your lifestyle and everyday routine, daylight savings time can significantly impact you. Start preparing yourself now to get used to the change even sooner and not feel the effects.
1. Go To Sleep Earlier
You will be losing an hour of sleep, and though this might not seem like a big deal, an hour can make or break some people. It can throw off your regular sleeping cycle, disrupting your body's natural rhythm. Whether you already have a poor sleeping schedule or you barely hit that eight- hour mark now is the time to adjust your bedtime routine. Start going to sleep earlier so that your schedule will be caught up again when change occurs.
2. Embrace Mood Changes
Sunlight is a natural serotonin booster, and with the ample time in the sunlight you'll have soon, you'll also be experiencing some boosts in your mood. Open your windows, clean off the glass, and embrace the beauty a longer and warmer day can bring. Spend some time outdoors, go for a run or walk, and allow yourself to find what makes you happy!
3. Adjust Eating Times
One part of your daily routine that may also need some help during the transition is mealtime. If you’re not used to a flexible eating schedule, then try to change your meal times before daylight savings comes. You won't want to skip any meals either, so allowing your body to transition beforehand into this change is key.
4. Take Care of Yourself
There are some circumstances where people start to get pain around their face and head called "cluster headaches" due to the sudden change. It could have to do with lack of sleep, differences in appetite, or the start of allergy season. Either way, make sure you take this time to make sure you're well taken care of. Drink plenty of water and try to allow yourself to rest every once in a while!
5. Update Clocks
Luckily, we live in an age where many of the clocks around our home change times on their own for daylight savings. However, if you have any watches that need to be manually adjusted, make sure you do so. It might seem like the most common tip, but the reality is that it could mess up your whole schedule if you misread a time. This could especially be an issue for those that need to take medications at a certain time each day, so be careful not to forget!