Now that we’ve “fallen back” for Daylight Savings Time, it will take a few days – or for some of us, a couple weeks! – to adjust. Parents, in particular, need to get kids acclimated to the new schedule. While the Fall time change associated with DST is arguably an easier adjustment than the Spring change (where we “lose” an hour, rather than “gain” one), there are still a few things you can do to make the adjustment go a bit more smoothly.
- Keep routines in place. Try to keep your daily routine in order – especially your morning and before bed routines. Routines help the mind and body adjust and stay on track!
- Get plenty of sunshine during the day and reduce artificial lighting at night. Our circadian rhythms depend on sunlight to function properly. Turn the lights down in your home when the sun goes down to help your body realize it’s night time! Even TV and computer screens can interfere with the way our body interprets night and day.
- Eat clean. Limit sugar, caffeine, and simple carbs. They mess with your blood sugar and energy levels.
- Adjust your meal schedule. Eating your meals at the “new” correct time is one of the quickest ways to help your body adjust.
While DST is basically a pointless custom in this day in age, it’s something we have to deal with. Following these tips can make it a bit easier. While it’s too late to do so this time around, another way to make the adjustment easier during this twice-yearly time jump is to prepare a week or so in advance by waking up and going to bed 10 minutes earlier or later each night. The gradual process isn’t as hard on the body as a 1-hour leap.
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!