Prep Now - 5 Time-Change Adjustments to Make Now for a Better Monday

Inspired by Dawn's tips for a healthy post-Daylight Savings time transition

Daylight savings time ends on Sunday morning at 2am. Are you adjusting your schedule now to ease the transition? Most experts agree even this little change can take a toll on your health but a little prep can go a long way in getting your week off to good start. So if you haven't started prepping here's some easy ways to ease your way into a reasonable start to the week post-Daylight savings.

  1. Start adjusting sleep schedules now - Try going to bed 15 minutes later each evening leading up to Saturday night.
  2. Adjust meal times too - Eat at 6:15 tonight vs. your usual 6.
  3. Get your vitamin D - Light exposure is critical to keep sleep / wake schedules in balance so make sure you get lots of time outside on Sunday, especially in the morning, and ideally for the next few days post-change.
  4. Prepare your room - Make sure bedrooms have adequate window coverings so they are nice and dark, minimizing early morning bright sunlight. A sound machine is always a good option too in order to minimize early morning chirping.
  5. Don't engage too early - If you still wake up early give yourself a chance to  doze or relax with a book until an appropriate wake-up time.

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