Ready to ‘Fall Back’ and Let Go of Daylight Saving Time?

Get ready to let go of Daylight Saving Time.

Yes, if you live in most places in the States, it’s time to let go of Daylight Saving Time.

And, finding time to begin and end this time each year is a ritual that most of us here in the United States are very familiar with. 

For many people, at least on the surface of it, the changeover in the fall is a net plus. Moving our clocks back an hour this coming Saturday night means an extra hour of sleep – or an extra hour of something, depending on what you decide to do with it.

What does it mean to let go of Daylight Saving Time

While it can superficially seem like it’s a net gain, is it really?

It’s worth considering the fact that any transition or change can be disruptive as you are navigating it. And something as significant as changing the amount of daylight that we are likely to experience each day seems like a big deal.

For early risers, the end of Daylight Saving Time will mean seeing more light in the morning.  This is generally experienced as a benefit. For those who sleep a bit later, the impact will mainly be the loss of light at the end of the day.

And how about sleep?

Studies suggest that the changes to and from Daylight Saving Time often lead to sleep disruption that can last for days or even weeks. In addition, the loss of daylight at the end of the day can exacerbate the sedentariness of our modern lifestyle.

In other words, we’re all more likely to spend time on the couch once Daylight Saving Time is over.

That’s why it’s so helpful to plan ahead for these changes. Recognize what’s likely to happen, and figure out what you can do to keep yourself on course.

Plan ahead to let go of Daylight Saving Time

  • If, for example, you know that this change is likely to disrupt your sleep, try to plan for some extra sleep time, or for a quick, 20-minute nap when you hit a lull in your activities or your energy.
  • If you’re worried about losing your fitness or about weight gain as the hours of darkness lengthen, set yourself up with an exercise regimen to address that. It doesn’t have to be extensive. Remember that even a little bit of exercise helps.
  • Carpe Diem. Remember that as challenging as transitions can be, they also provide points where new beginnings can be made.  It can, quite often, be easier to start a new routine when other changes are already taking place.

How are you planning for the time change this weekend? 

What one thing will you do to stay on track when your clocks fall back?

Holiday help?

And speaking of staying on track, do you worry about what happens to your healthy choices, your work, and your self-care during the holidays? Many people stress about this as the holidays approach – you’re certainly not alone. And these challenges get more complicated as we age. So stay tuned — I’ve got something special for you this coming week.

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