Spring Forward! Your DST Survival Guide

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Just around the corner is the one visitor you never seem to be prepared for.  She comes the same time every year and seems to get a kick out of leaving you frazzled!  But you can’t possibly be mad right?  I mean, she properly reminded you of her visit through every calendar and planner in your path, giving you months to prepare.  (Awe, how thoughtful of her)  Who am I kidding, we never prepare! No worries, there’s still a chance to get it together before Daylight Savings Time comes knocking. Consider using a few of these tips and tricks to help make this seasons switch a little less miserable.

  • Bed is Bae…  A good way to get the upper hand on DST is to start getting to bed earlier. Draw a warm bath, relax your mind and unwind.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over one-third of Americans are chronically sleep deprived.  So although you may lead the pack of #teamnosleep, give yourself a chance this weekend to get some decent rest and allow your body to make this transition smoothly.
  • Curve the sleep snatchers…  I understand you’re poppin’ and all, but chronic sleep deprivation isn’t cute on any of us.  Living in this 24/7 society can wreck your ability to unwind, so unplug!  Light (of any kind) acts as an alerting agent to the brain.  The light that is emitted through electronic devices stimulates the mind; making it more challenging for your body to decide when it’s time to rest. The National Sleep Foundation suggests unplugging for at least an hour before bedtime.
  • Chill on the energizers…  If your norm is at least 2 cups a day, you may want to skip that 2nd dose of caffeine this round.  Try to taper back on all food and beverages that are high in sugar, salt, fat and caffeine. Snack on foods with higher levels of magnesium (i.e. Bananas) and melatonin (i.e. Cherries).  Also, fortified cereal and milk is a great combo that enables the body to produce serotonin (otherwise known as the “happy hormone”.  Serotonin encourages the body’s natural production of melatonin (aka King of the Zzzz).
  • Turn down….just a little…  Okay “life of the party”, alcohol may give you a nice buzz and even cause some drowsiness.  However, it also metabolizes fast and keeps the body from reaching that REM stage of sleep (deep and uninterrupted).
  • Work it Out…  After your workout are you tapped out or ready to go?  If your answer is the latter then you may want to adjust your exercise regimen just a tad.  Vigorous workouts boost the body’s adrenaline level and can make it difficult to find rest before bed.  Studies have shown that this effect varies and it really depends on the person.  If you find that working out makes you more energized and alert, consider hitting the gym a little earlier in the day or perhaps adjust your evening routine to something a little less intense.
  • Think ahead…  Planning may not be your thing, but consider giving yourself a little more of an advantage by prepping your morning routine this Sunday to ensure that you’ll be ready come Monday.  Remember, Good Vibes Only… so de-stress and release your concerns by jotting down reminders and keep negative thinking at bay.

 

The time changes Sunday, March 13th (at 2am) so set your clock ahead one hour before turning in on Saturday night.

You got this!

Courtneii Ciara

A Florida raised Cali-girl residing in Atlanta. I’m a bubbly, free-spirited ambivert with a passion for all things artistic. An artist by nature; a light by choice. You can find me somewhere between a stanza and a melody. Be light, be love, be you.

1 Comment

  1. Joan

    March 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    AWESOME! This is great information to help make the transition from EST to DST.
    Thanks for keeping us connected…a great read and very informative.
    Looking forward to reading more of your articles.

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