Daylight Savings: 5 Tips You Can Use This Weekend to Ease the Change

Inspired by Dawn's 5 Tips to Thrive During Daylight Savings Time

Earlier in the week we posted an article on our Facebook page about how to prepare for the start of Daylight Savings this weekend - given that it means we lose an hour of sleep. Welcome longer sun-filled days, pass on less sleep.

The key tip was to go to bed 10 minutes earlier each night this week so you'd be prepared to make the switch on Saturday night (officially at 2am Sunday morning) and not feel awful for most of next week. Great in principle but not sure about you but we're not really on track so far this week.

So we wondered if there were any other easy tricks that we could still do to minimize the lost hour and the impacts of the time change. That led us to this article from WebMD and a few suggestions for all of us that just can't seem to get to bed earlier. Relax, these are pretty doable...

  • Saturday
    • Exercise outdoors so you get the sunlight and fresh air your body craves and expend some energy
    • Exercise early enough in the day that your body's temp can cool down enough to enable you to sleep
  • Sunday
    • Get up at your normal time so your body can adjust to the time and light shift
    • Go for a morning walk, ideally an hour or longer, again so can give your body a chance to adjust to the sunlight and help reset your body clock
    • If all else fails, consider taking melatonin one hour before bed to help you get the rest you need
  • Monday

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