Do you end up feeling very tired after changing the time on your phones and computer clocks? Do you struggle with adjusting to an hour less of sleep? A lot of people feel like this when they turn the clocks back before daylight saving time. To help prevent this some people try:
1. Get Plenty Of Rest The Night Before:
Plan to get plenty of rest the night before the clocks change. If you typically sleep from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., try going to bed at 10 p.m., instead, and sleeping until 8 a.m. It's best not to skip sleep or stay up later than normal because that could just make it harder for your body to adjust going forward.
Instead of hitting snooze repeatedly on Monday morning, try getting up when your alarm goes off for the first time - even if you don't feel fully rested yet. Most people find that after about 15 minutes of activity, they start feeling more awake and alert.
If you typically sit at your computer or in meetings with little natural light exposure early in the morning, try going outside or sitting near a window during your break or lunchtime so you can soak up the sun.
In order to prepare your body for daylight savings, try to eat well on the day the clock changes. Eat a healthy breakfast, a salad for lunch and a balanced dinner. Make sure you have plenty of water with your meals.
For lunch, consider eating fish like salmon, sardines or herring, which are all high in omega-3 fatty acids. These acids promote better health as you age. You can also add cabbage to your meal; it contains high levels of vitamin C, calcium and iron.
For dinner, try eating chicken breast or almond butter rolled into oat balls with lemon-flavored yogurt on the side.
The third tip to prepare for daylight savings is to try to drink plenty of water. Daylight Savings Time can be dehydrating if you are not used to the time change.
It is especially important this time of year as the colder weather and lack of sunlight can also further contribute to dehydration.
Aim for at least eight glasses of water a day to counteract the effects of DST.
Start exercising regularly in the morning or around lunchtime.
This will help you catch up from the lost hour and give your body a boost of energy for the day ahead.
You can also try taking a brisk walk outside during your lunch break, which will help keep you moving until it’s time for bed.
While getting less sleep is a natural reaction to daylight savings time, you don’t have to let it ruin your day. A few simple precautions can minimize the effects that this disruption has on your body—and help you regain lost sleep as quickly as possible.
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