How to Make the Most of Daylight Saving Time
By Thao Nguyen
It’s everyone’s least favorite day of the year: Daylight Savings. We may get an extra hour of daylight (which is wasted while we’re stuck in the office or classroom), but in exchange, we lose an hour of sleep, have more car accidents, AND see an uptick in stroke and heart attack risk. It’s an unending parade of bad things. But I’ve made a promise to myself to be more positive this year, and DST is the perfect time to put that to the test. Check out the tips in this guide and join me in making the best of DST.
Go to sleep on time. No matter when you hit the sheets, you’ll still lose an hour of sleep. But it won’t be as detrimental if you go to bed at a practical time. Don’t try to rationalize things by saying, “well technically it’s an hour earlier than it actually is soooooooooooo….” and keep watching that show on Netflix. Get some shut eye, and your body and brain will thank you the next morning by not being completely exhausted.
Eat something good. Whether or not you follow tip number 1, you can totally fix the Monday after DST by giving yourself a good breakfast. Eating once you wake up will show your internal clock know that it’s morning and help you adjust to the time change. Not to mention, starting the day with a something like a bomb-ass breakfast burrito will make anyone’s day!
Go outside. Get out into that sunshine! Soaking up that Vitamin D will help your body and your mood. Light is also the number one cue for our internal clocks, so getting outside while it’s bright out will definitely help you adjust to the time change. On top of that, there are tons of benefits we get from Vitamin D, and the warmth on our skin will be a reminder that Spring is here and that summer is around the corner.
Make use of that extra hour of daylight. We might as well take advantage of the extra hour we get from this ridiculous practice. Go do something fun or productive that you wouldn’t normally do because it’s gotten dark. You’ll get to go home feeling accomplished and like that lost hour of sleep was worth the extra time you got in your day.