It’s the signal that the winter season is approaching, the end of Daylight Saving Time. These days, you have to think hard about what clocks still need to be manually turned back one hour: oven, microwave, coffee maker, wall clock and car clock. Those are a quick fix, but how about your internal clock? While your body will eventually adjust on its own, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the process.
Wake up at the same time Sunday – Some people may use that extra hour to stay up late the night before and sleep in Sunday morning, but doing so can actually leave you in a funk for the rest of the week. It’s best to wake up the same time as usual to help your body quickly adjust. Use that extra hour to make breakfast or to go for a morning walk with your dog. If you do feel sluggish, try not to nap; instead, stay awake until your normal bedtime Sunday night to feel rested Monday morning.
Slow down an hour before bedtime – One hour before your normal bedtime, start shutting off the lights and electronics, do some light stretching, and avoid caffeine! This will encourage your body to start producing melatonin so you can relax and fall asleep.
Brighten up your home – If you get home from work and it is already dark outside, brighten up your home with artificial light. This will help you feel more alert and less likely to nap too close to bedtime.
The end of Daylight Saving Time is also a great reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as fire extinguishers.