I admit it: I’m a bonafide night owl and daylight saving time used to kick my *ss. It still does if I don’t plan for it. This year, daylight saving time* starts on March 13th. This time change throws more people for a loop than the fall change, since we’re essentially losing an hour of sleep. However, with a little prep you can minimize the impact.
At least a week before the time changes, begin going to bed earlier than normal. If you start 9 days beforehand (that would be tonight), that’s a measly 6 ⅔, or as I like to call it… 7, minutes a night. If you can’t sleep, you have 3 options: 1) lie there and rest anyway, 2) try a drop of lavender, valerian, roman chamomile, frankincense, or neroli on your pillow, or 3) try putting on some ultra relaxing music or, better yet, music that’s designed to help you get to sleep, like Deep Theta by Steven Halpern or any of the Liquid Mind albums.
Each night push the time forward an equal amount until the night of the time change when you’ll be going to bed 1 hour early. Since your morning alarm will go off an hour earlier than it did the day before, you’ll be on track to still get your regular 8 to 10 hours, or however much you usually get. And bonus… you’ll be getting more than that (hopefully) during your prep nights.
At least a week before the time changes, begin getting up earlier than normal. If you start 9 days early (tomorrow morning) that’s a mere 7 minutes per morning. If you have trouble waking up early you’ve got a couple options: 1) try keeping a bottle of peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, or rosemary essential oil on your nightstand and giving it a good smell when your alarm goes off, or 2) have a source of upbeat, rousing music within reach to help give you the kick in the pants you need to get moving.
Each morning push the time forward an equal amount until the morning after the time change when you’ll be getting up 1 hour earlier than you had, which will now be right on time.
It really is that simple: Plan ahead and have a plan to help with the transition. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t magically love the time change just because I have a way to lessen the stress and make it easier on my body, but I no longer loathe it like I once did either. And hey, if you can find a way to lessen some of your stress in only 5-10 minutes a day, why wouldn’t you?
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*I know many people say daylight savings time, but that’s wrong. It is supposed to be singular – daylight saving time. Check your calendar if you don’t believe me.