The Best Ways to Adjust to Daylight Savings Time
With daylight savings time coming to an end, it is time to readjust ourselves to the longer periods of darkness. Although it has already been a challenging year in so many ways, there is still so much to look forward to! Time continues moving on as we grow into a new, cooler season.
For anyone that struggles with sleep issues, the time change can make getting up and being productive each day a little more difficult. Here are some great tips to help you stay healthy and productive, and get deeper, more satisfying sleep after daylight saving time ends.
How to Adjust to Daylight Saving Time
Hold on to that light
The time change adds an hour to morning light, but subtracts an hour from your evening light. Even if many people aren’t commuting to and from the office right now, it can still get discouraging to see the clock hit 5pm and the skies already be dark. In the morning, go around your home and pull open the blinds or curtains and let in as much sunlight as you can. Before it even begins to get dark (around 3 or 4pm), start switching on those lights. It will make the transition to evening a little more smooth, and have you awake and alert while you still have the typical “daytime” hours left to get things done.
Before bedtime comes, start dimming
When we start turning on the lights earlier in the day, it is natural that our minds will want to stay awake and active for longer. To signal your brain that the “sun is setting” and it is time to start winding down, begin to dim the lights in your home as bedtime approaches. If you don’t have a dimmer, get some lower-wattage or warm-toned light bulbs to switch on, and turn off any bright harsh overhead lights. This will ensure that when it’s time to rest, the lack of light is sending those sleepy signals to your brain.
Perk yourself up, naturally
Find yourself hitting a mid-day slump as the darkness sneaks in to the tail end of the work day? Give yourself a boost of natural energy! Get your heart rate up by doing a quick brisk walk around the neighborhood, or eat a healthy high-fat snack like a handful of nuts or a hard-boiled egg. Even better, add a packet of True Lemon Energy to your water and drink it down to wake up your cells with hydration and natural caffeine. True Lemon Energys are not only powered with clean energy from green tea, but they contain 0 calories and 0g of sugar - allowing for a smooth rush of energy rather than the quick spike you get from a sugary soda or energy drink.
Increase your hearty vegetables
It is natural to want to indulge in fattier foods as the days get colder and nights get longer. However, this is a wonderful time to start sneaking in those hearty seasonal veggies to your meals. Butternut squash, dark leafy greens like kale or chard, sweet potatoes, and root vegetables like carrots or beets are all amazing and nutrient-dense additions to soups or salads. Eating plenty of vegetables will ensure you’re getting the nutrition your body needs to stay balanced, and the naturally low fat content will help you fall asleep more easily at night. If you need some inspiration for healthy meals, visit our recipes page!
Shift your workout time
If you’re someone that normally finds it easier to exercise after work, it may be hard to stay motivated with your workout routine without the extra light. Try moving your workout to the morning hours, or during your lunch break in the middle of the day instead. If you do decide to keep your post-work exercise routine, be sure to wear reflective clothing or a headlamp so that drivers can see you during the darker hours.
Trade your glass of wine for hot tea instead
Alcohol might be an enticing way to calm down at the end of the day, however it ends up disrupting your natural sleep cycle when the time comes to finally turn in. Swap out that glass of wine for a warm and comforting mug of herbal tea with True Lemon. You may find that you wind down even more easily! If you can get plenty of healthy, natural sleep at night - you can be more energetic and productive throughout your day.
Although the days are about to get shorter, there is no reason why we can’t still take full advantage of each and every day. Applying a few of these tips will help take care of your mind and body even after daylight saving time ends.