Defy Sleepiness During Daylight Savings Time

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Photo Credit: robstephaustrailia – Flickr Creative Commons

This Sunday morning at 2 a.m., time will spring forward one hour. We’ll have less light in the morning and more in the evening.

How do you defy sleepiness during daylight savings time? Most people endure on with their daily routines, but in a more fatigued and sleep deprived state. Did you know that some studies show that the prevalence of car accidents and workplace injuries increases in the days following daylight savings?

Here are some simple tips to avoid the fatigue and combat it before it becomes a bigger issue.

Adjust Your Bed and Waking Time the Week Prior – Consider hitting the sack 15-30 minutes earlier and waking up earlier for a few days before the change. This will start the adjustment of your circadian rhythm earlier so the final change feels less drastic to your body.

Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption – The dehydration and other bodily adjustments caused by excess alcohol and caffeine will only make it harder on your system to cope with your new sleep times. Take the weekend off from these beverages in order to help your body transition well.

Exercise – Exercising releases a neurotransmitter called serotonin, which helps improve our mood and aids quality sleep. If you’re not used to exercising, consider a brisk walk in the morning to improve your happiness during this transition. If you have a routine workout and have been taking a break from it, it’s time to get started again.

Skip the Nap – No matter how busy you are on Saturday morning the day before, don’t take a nap in the afternoon. Encourage your sleepiness at nighttime and get to bed earlier instead.

Take Advantage of the New Sunlight – The sunshine also helps to release serotonin! Take advantage of the longer days and get outside to improve your mood and sleep at night.

Set the Clock Back on Saturday Night – Get your brain in gear to the new time earlier to allow for better adjustment by Monday.