Springing Ahead — How to Transition to Daylight Saving Time

Springing ahead takes time…

Springing ahead.

In many parts of the world, this is an annual ritual.

And, as many know quite well, the arrival of Daylight Saving Time can be a challenge.

So, since our time for springing ahead is just about a week away, I’d like to share some facts and some tips to help you get started on managing this transition for yourself.

Springing Ahead in 2021

Daylight Saving Time has a long and complex history.  While many people welcome the change in the spring that spells more light at the end of the day, the transition can be very disruptive.  So disruptive, in fact, that people’s health and well-being are affected. 

It’s just one hour, but experts in chronobiology — the study of our internal body clocks — say it takes most people several days to adjust. The change that we manage in the fall is also disruptive, but less so.

One study from German researchers, published in the journal Current Biology, found that some habitual night owls have trouble getting enough sleep for weeks after the spring shift. In part that’s because when we are ‘springing ahead’ we are all, in effect, going to bed and getting up an hour earlier.

Tips for Springing Ahead from the Mayo Clinic

According to this article on the Mayo Clinic website, here’s what they recommend to ease the Daylight Saving Time transition:

  • Go to bed 15 minutes early, starting several days before the change, and increase by 15 minutes every couple of nights. Make an extra effort to be well-rested the week before the time change.
  • If you feel sleepy the Sunday after the change to daylight saving time, take a short 15- to 20- minute nap in the early afternoon — not too close to bedtime. Assess how a nap affects your sleep quality. For some, napping can make nighttime sleeping more difficult. For others, however, a short nap can be revitalizing without affecting nighttime sleep. Learn how to get the most out of napping.
  • Avoid sleeping in an hour longer in the morning.

3 more tips to ease the transition…

Whatever your feelings about the end result, the shift to Daylight Saving Time can be a challenge.  Here are 3 more ideas to help you manage this change:

  • Expect to feel tired on Monday.  This is often the day when “springing ahead” starts to catch up with you.  Build time into your day to take care of yourself.  How do you react to taking a nap? If it helps, you might try a brief one. But don’t nap if it will make it harder to get to sleep at night.
  • Pay special attention to your health both before and after the change.  Drink plenty of water, and aim to get to bed early starting soon. And for several days following the time change sleep for 7-8 hours if you can.  Give your body time to get back into a rhythm.
  • Be patient with yourself and with family and friends.  Knowing that this can be a difficult transition will help you avoid unnecessary conflicts.  If you find yourself feeling frazzled and cranky, try to take some space to regain perspective.

How does the start of Daylight Saving Time affect you? 

What will you do to prepare for it this year?

Here’s more help… 

Change is a fact of life, but do you sometimes feel like it’s coming at you too fast? Or does it pop up unexpectedly and throw all your plans awry? Well, I’d like to share a time tool that helps. no matter what kind of change you’re dealing with.

It’s titled How to Partner with Change and Aging, and to discover more about it right now, just click here: https://thetimefinder.com/partnering-with-change.html

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