HOW TO “FALL BACK” WITH THE END OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
November is fast approaching. And while that means, “Yes! Only two months to go
before this hellish year is over,” it also means that the end of Daylight Saving Time is
coming up (Yes, apparently, it is singular). We know—like we didn’t do enough
adjusting already with all the restrictions, right?
At the end of Daylight Saving Time, we have to switch our clocks and bodies back for
one hour and say goodbye to our longer days of sunshine. Unfortunately, as we adjust
the numbers on our clocks and watches, our bodies don’t really follow that easily. For
most of us, it can be a bit hard to adapt to a new time shift again.
Are you worried about what to do at the end of DST, too? We’re here to take the stress
out of that with these helpful tips:
Get some sunshine!
Adjusting your clocks back for one hour means shorter days and longer nights. So do
whatever you can to get the most out of the sunshine! Not just because you’ll miss it
once the afternoons start to get darker earlier, but because your body also needs it to
improve your sleep schedule and your energy levels throughout the day.
You don’t have to go and sunbathe on the beach just to get your sunlight exposure. If
you’re working from home, you can just take a short walk with your dog or work in your
Take it easy on the caffeine
Because time shifts can easily mess up your sleeping schedule, you might find yourself
getting sleepy earlier than usual at night or in the afternoon because you didn’t sleep
enough. But before you even reach out for your favorite coffee mug, you might want to
rethink drinking any form of caffeine, especially after lunch.
This is because the energy boost you get from caffeine later in the day can mess with
your sleep schedule and give you a hard time sleeping at night. Instead of caffeine, why
not try our previous suggestion and go on a short walk to catch some sunshine?
Don’t take long naps
We know, naps are amazing, and can do wonders for you, especially if you need a reset
during a tiring work day. But naps can also be very tricky. What was supposed to be just
a 15 minute nap can easily turn into a 2-hour one (We know that feeling).
It sounds relaxing, but like caffeine, it can also mess up your sleep schedule at night. If
you really need one, the recommended nap time is only around 20 minutes. And like
most people do in the morning, you might want to set more than one alarm (just in
Wind down routines
Parents with kids would know the importance of a wind down routine. Even if you’re not
a kid anymore, a wind down routine will help improve your sleep schedule and sleep
quality a lot. Here are some helpful suggestions:
Avoid blue light before bedtime
When your body detects some sort of bright light, it’ll think that it’s not time for bed yet
and it’ll keep you awake. So try to avoid bright lights in the evening. The idea is to get
enough sun exposure in the day and slowly decrease your light exposure at night. Yes,
that means no more Instagram and Netflix at least 1 hour or 30 minutes before bedtime
(If you’re child can’t do it, you can’t either). Look on the bright side: it means you won’t
see a work email in the middle of the night either!
Do relaxing activities instead
Instead of binge watching another series or scrolling through your social media feed, try
to do relaxing activities that don’t involve blue light exposure. When was the last time
you wrote in a journal? Or read a physical book to yourself or to your kids? Or just
talked with your family about their day? Maybe you and your partner can even give each
other a massage!
What about you? Do you have other tips for adjusting your body clock to the time shift at
the end of Daylight Saving Time? If so, let us know! Email us at [email protected]
or call us at 833-Tech Spa!