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Helpful Tips for Transitioning into Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time, begins at 2:00 A.M., Sunday March 11th.

I am amazed every year at how I am truly not prepared for a single hour time change. Daylight Savings Time in the Fall season is certainly my friend with the benefit of an extra hour of sleep, however when it comes time to spring forward and lose that hour of more sleep, this is where daylight savings can really put bags under my eyes!

Are you ready? Do you dread it? If you are in the dread camp losing that one hour, I am right there with you. However, I am optimistic we can persevere and overcome! With a little self talk and a few minor adjustments we can all transition right into Daylight Savings Time.

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Why do we even spring forward and fall back with the time?

To be honest I always thought it had something to do with the agriculture industry. It turns out it doesn’t have to do with farming at all. In fact, many farmers would rather have the extra hour of sunlight in the morning rather than in the evening.

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Benjamin Franklin was actually the first person to publicly speculate about the advantages of incorporating Daylight Savings Time. In 1784 Ben was spending time in Paris as an American delegate. While there he wrote an essay called “An Economical Project” where he pondered the possibility of saving energy in the evening hours by adjusting the time.

Much research has been done on the subject and it turns out the amount of energy saved in the evening is made up for by energy used in the morning. Most areas of the United States observe Daylight Savings Time. The exceptions are Arizona (the Navajo do observe DST), Hawaii and five overseas territories.

Changing clocks in every room mixed with the event it becomes changing the car clock seems like a lot of effort for an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings, doesn’t it? Although, I have to admit I do enjoy an extra hour of patio time. I just wish the transition period wasn’t so hard on my body. Yes? Yes.

Here are 5 ways to help you and your body transition into Daylight Savings Time, DST.

  1. Try to stay on the same sleep schedule. If you go to bed at 10:00 P.M. and awake at 6:00 A.M. then keep it going after the time change. Resist the urge to stay up. I realize this sounds silly easy and yet I need to be reminded.
  2. Do not take a nap in the afternoons. While our bodies are adjusting to the new time change we often feel the need to nap to give our sluggish minds a rest. DON’T DO IT. Our sleep is already being messed with, don’t add fuel to the fire. However, if it’s bad, and I totally understand that sometimes it is, only rest for about twenty minutes.
  3. If you can’t sleep in the evening, stay off the computer. Studies show a rise in online ordering during the first few weeks of Daylight Savings Time. Take a bath or read instead.
  4. Meal prep for a few weeks. Your budget isn’t the only thing that can take a hit during the Daylight Savings Time transition. Studies show late night eating can be a problem. Makes sense, doesn’t it? I can’t sleep, so I’ll eat ice cream and order a waffle iron online.
  5. Lastly, if you find yourself awake an hour or so before your alarm goes off, go ahead and get up. If you go ahead and get up you will be more than ready for bed in the evening. Again, sounds easy, actually hard.

benjamin franklin quote, "Since thou are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour."

Many of my friends don’t have a problem transitioning into Daylight Savings Time while others, yes me, struggle so badly. A walking zombie is how I would describe myself the first two weeks of Daylight Savings Time.

Hopefully, by being aware and somewhat prepared we’ll transition right on into spring and enjoy our extra hour in the evening.

If you have any tips you’ve tried and have found they worked for you, please share.

Be you. Be beautiful. Be imperfect.

Sam

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