SPRING FORWARD

By Delta Dental on Tuesday, March 5, 2019


Don't let Daylight Saving Time get you down

Can you believe it? It’s already March. We all know what happens in March… we "spring forward" one hour early Sunday. Daylight Saving Time interrupts our internal alarm clock and can cause us to feel like zombies in the days afterwards. 

There are a few tips and tricks that you can do to help make the time change easier. Follow these simple steps for a happier and healthier adjustment:

Prepare to 'spring ahead'

One hour shouldn’t make much of a difference, but our bodies think much differently. In fact, a continuous lack of sleep could result in a struggle with memory, learning and other cognitive functions. Try waking up five to ten minutes earlier each day for a week prior, to prepare for the change.

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Keep a solid routine

Although the time changed, that doesn’t mean your routine has to as well. Keep the relatively same routine so your body doesn’t have to adjust in more ways than one. This stays the same for the amount of sleep you’re receiving as well.

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Avoid caffeine

Rule of thumb: No caffeine after 2:00 p.m. This can make falling asleep more difficult as the caffeine blocks the production of sleep inducing chemicals in our brains. Instead of coffee, choose water instead.

Stay active

The best part about Daylight Saving Time is that the sun shines longer in the evenings. Take advantage of the extra light and go on a walk with family or friends. This can help you with your goal of getting 1 hour of physical activity every day.

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With these simple tips and tricks, the time change will be a breeze for you and your family. Goodbye winter, hello spring!

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