Updated: Apr 8
...and nope, none of the tips involve throat chopping someone.
We knew the time was coming where we'd lose a precious hour of sleep but just like every other year it crept up out of the blue. I am not ashamed to admit that there have been many years that I've sat up in bed the morning of Daylight Savings and fought the air with the intensity Sugar Ray Leonard duking it out with Thomas Hearns.
I do NOT like losing that hour of sleep and I'm sure some of you think I'm being dramatic but it's a monumental deal. It's not just that we lose an hour but it feels like my body is out of whack for the entire week. Why are we still following this archaic rule again? I was always under the impression that it was done to assist farmers but I recently learned that Canada is responsible for this barbaric practice so that the nights were longer. Thanks a lot, Canada!!
So, where does that leave us? Even more tired? Super cranky? Stumbling around in the dark confused while we make our way to work each day? Here are four tips that will hopefully help you adjust to this rude observance of hour snatching that makes zero sense. I hope they help you ease into the week just a little smoother and leave you feeling more rested. And for the record, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
1. Don't Hit the Snooze Button This Week
According to Good Housekeeping, How much sleep you need when your body naturally gets tired depends on your personal circadian rhythm. Choosing to sleep in can throw off that rhythm which will affect how well you are able to adjust to the change.
2. Skip the Starbucks Drive-Thru in the Afternoon
Pass on the coffee at least 12 hours before your bedtime or you'll run the risk of not feeling sleepy at bedtime. That's how long it takes for caffeine to run its course. Don't forget that your fave teas and soda's can have caffeine too, says Real Simple. Instead, have another glass of H20.
And errr, while we are on beverages, I hate to tell you this but wine before bed, especially larger glasses, is a sleep disrupter as well. It may help you feel loopy and sleepy before bed but studies have shown that it reduces the quality of sleep we get which makes for a irritable mood the next day along with a possible headache.
3. Make a "To-Do" List for Monday
Write down everything you need to do on Monday so that you get it out of your head, off your chest and onto paper. This may help you better deal with that "I hate Monday's" feeling a lot of us get. According to certified sleep coach, Chris Brantner, it reduces the stress that often comes with Mondays and may help us sleep easier.
4. Slow Down on the Roads, Stay Alert and Be Safe
Thanks to the inconvenience of losing an hour, a lot of people end up driving while groggy, cranky and tired as hell during the first few days, especially Monday. It too doesn't help that the roads are darker than what we are accustomed to in the mornings. There is a slight spike in accidents during the first week of Daylight Savings so please make sure you stay awake and alert while you are driving to school and work.
My hope is that this week is full of good rest plus a lot of grace and patience with yourself and others.
Disclaimer - I am not a therapist or licensed professional, and am only sharing tips and tools I've tried. I make no guarantees or claims of success and encourage you to seek a professional for further assistance as needed.