As we all know, daylight savings time is coming up soon. Losing an hour of sleep/productivity can be disheartening, and you might feel yourself more tired than usual the following morning. We listed a few ways you can better prepare for daylight savings and still make the most of the following day!
Get to sleep early
We all have busy lives, and sometimes heading to bed earlier than normal may feel like you’re wasting time on being productive. It can actually prove to do you more good to get an extra hour of sleep rather than stay awake and finish up a project, house cleaning, etc. Getting that extra hour of sleep ahead of time will help your body to adjust to the time change, and you’ll be less likely to feel the exhaustion in the morning.
Lay out your clothes for the following morning
Right before you go to sleep (early, that is), lay out the clothes you plan to wear in the morning. Not only will this minimize the stress of your morning routine, but save you time while getting ready in case you accidentally wake up late. This can also prove to be especially helpful in case you cannot find a specific piece of clothing that you need and gives you the time you need to find it (instead of rushing around frantically trying to find your other black dress sock).
Open your curtains
If you have blackout curtains—or dark curtains in general that tend to block out the light—be sure to open them the night before the time change. This will allow your body to naturally adjust to sunlight, making you more likely to wake up earlier and, potentially, wake up more refreshed.
Be sure to stay hydrated well before the clock moves forward (and after that, too!). Hydration is important to maintain energy and give yourself the boost you need in the morning, especially with an hour less of time. You’ll also be more likely to stay motivated throughout the day if you are consistently drinking water.
Avoid a heavy dinner the previous night
Sure, that monster amount of spaghetti and meatballs with extra parmesan at 11pm sounds incredible; however, eating a large meal at night can result in poor sleep quality. Try eating light snacks instead, as it will take less energy for your body to digest it, which means less broken sleep for you!
For more information on what to eat before bed, check out the article below about what to eat for bed in order to get a good night’s sleep!
De-clutter your sleeping space
If you have a messy room, chances are you are at least slightly stressed out as soon as you walk into it. Creating a calm and clean sleep environment will allow you to fall asleep with much less stress than viewing your room as a work-in-progress. Keep your room at a cooler temperature so as to not get too overheated throughout the night, as well as quiet—this means no TV while trying to fall asleep (and trust me, you’re not alone).
Avoid using electronic devices before bed
Give your eyes time to rest from the harmful blue light that emanates from your phone, tablet, TV, etc. The light from your devices will cause your body to stay awake longer than you planned. It also helps to avoid social media when you get into bed. Social media can become a rabbit hole of mindless scrolling until you find yourself awake at 2am without realizing how late it is.
Overall, the takeaway for how to wake up on time and energized is to plan ahead. That one hour of lost time doesn’t have to feel like 3 if you don’t let it. On another note, keeping a similar routine to this throughout the season (and hopefully longer) will assist you in maintaining a healthier sleep schedule. Good luck, and happy daylight savings!
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