It’s that time of year again when we feel a little out of sorts. We’ve just gone through a time change and while time falling back is much better than springing forward, it is an adjustment that can disturb our daily routine and schedule. Sleep patterns can suffer, and we may feel a little sluggish; if you find yourself wondering why – take a moment to remember it takes a couple of days for us to get used to the hour difference, for some it may take up to a week to feel “normal” or “back on track” again..
It’s normal to feel a little off during this time of year, but don’t let it take effect on your mood – take proactive steps to adjust to the time change. The time change affects everyone differently. Are you a parent? Keep in mind the time change also affects your child. If you find your child having negative symptoms from the time change have them go to bed an hour earlier or break it into intervals over a few days to have them go to bed 15 minutes earlier and earlier each day. This is one way to help them adjust.
3 Ways to Recover from Daylight Savings Time:
- Sleep: If you feel your sleep is affected during this time of year, take measures to get in bed a little earlier and wake up about 15 minutes earlier than normal. If you’re the type of person who needs eight hours of sleep, adjust your schedule to get the full eight hours. It is important for all of us to rest peacefully, however many hours of sleep your body requires per night – get it and keep your body balanced. We are all different, allow your body the resting time it needs for at least one week after the time change. Do you find yourself sleeping in? For one hour after waking up, get as much fresh light as you can, this helps you wake up fully.
- Routine: Try and keep your daily routine as close to normal as possible. Adjust your schedule when needed, exercising daily and getting enough sleep are very important to adjusting to this time of year. Be sure to work during the hours you are most alert and awake and treat yourself to some relaxation time every day to allow your body the time it needs to heal and repair. This will help to keep your immune system strong during the winter months.
- Sunlight: With the sun coming up sooner and setting earlier, during this time of year we typically get a lot less natural light than other times of the year. To combat this, take extra measures to get natural light throughout the day. This helps to keep us motivated and less tired as we work more hours in artificial light.
Getting the “I want a nap” feeling early afternoon? Walk it off! Take a short walk, in natural sunlight if possible to help you wake up. A walk is actually better than slamming a cup of coffee. An added benefit, you get some exercise time in too.
Fight the feeling of restlessness while we fall back and start enjoying all the fall has to bring us. It’s the time of year for gratitude, slowing down to enjoy a little taste of life, and nature. It’s a time to be thankful and share thankfulness with others.