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Don’t let your sleep schedule slip.
You lose an hour, but you’ll get it back in about eight months. In a nutshell, that’s how daylight saving time works. On March 10, 2019, we’ll all spring forward and surrender 60 minutes when daylight saving time starts. Do you know how to adjust, or will you lose sleep, focus, and momentum at work and at home?
Continue reading and discover how to spring forward safely when daylight saving time starts.
Why Does Daylight Saving Time Exist?
Daylight saving time is a shared invention. Its creation has been credited to:
- Ancient societies, including Rome
- Benjamin Franklin
- George Vernon Hudson, a scientist from New Zealand
- William Willett, a British builder
In modern society, daylight saving time is used to increase daylight hours.
Negative Side Effects of Daylight Saving Time
If you don’t prepare for daylight saving time, you could experience the following negative side effects:
- Disrupted sleep
- Poor concentration
- Sluggish job performance
As you get ready for daylight saving time, avoid:
- Taking in caffeine late in the day
- Consuming too much caffeine, in general
- Eating a big meal before bed because digestion could keep you awake
- Drinking alcohol before bed because it will interrupt your sleep cycle
3 Simple Tips for Thriving When Daylight Saving Time Starts
1. Reset Your Clocks the Night Before
This may seem like a common sense step, but it’s often overlooked. If you reset your clocks the night before, it’ll feel like you’re going to bed at your normal time.
It’s a good first step toward avoiding the jet lag feeling created when daylight saving time starts.
2. Rest Up With Extra Sleep
Go to bed 10-15 minutes early and wake up 10-15 minutes early in the days leading up to daylight saving time. By doing this, you will prepare your body’s internal clock for the change.
After you turn your clocks forward, go to bed an hour early on Saturday night (March 9) to adjust your body and mind to the change.
3. Prepare Your Home
You’ll need to change how you think about any room where you normally sleep, especially your bedroom. To adopt a sleep-first mindset, declutter the room by removing anything that doesn’t fit.
If you have a TV in your bedroom, put it somewhere else. While the sound of your favorite show might help you fall asleep faster, the blue light from the screen could compromise your quality of sleep by disrupting melatonin production.
Keep your bedroom as dark as possible before you go to bed. Your body is made to sleep in the dark, and regular light suppresses the release of melatonin.
Good Things Happen When Daylight Saving Time Starts?
If you don’t like daylight saving time, you probably want the whole thing to go away. You have to remember that it isn’t just a day in the spring and a day in the fall. Daylight saving time lasts for nearly eight months, and we’re sure you’ll make it through this.
What about those supposed benefits of daylight saving time you might’ve read about? Some sources claim daylight saving time helps:
- Save fuel
- Benefit farmers
- Improve safety
- Conserve energy
Then again, other sources say daylight saving time doesn’t help with any of the benefits listed above. At the end of the day, all you can do is prepare yourself for it (unless it’s eventually repealed).
We don’t want you to lose sleep over daylight saving time, and that’s no joke. Sleep-deprived people are more likely to:
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