Is Daylight Savings Dragging You Down? Tips to Help You Adjust

Hello my lovely friends, how did you sleep last night? Did you get enough z’s or are you still dragging today?It’s only day 2 after daylight savings time!

stock-photo-bed-bedroom-sleeping-morning-girl-holiday-pillow-tired-home-4955d7d7-c55a-4413-9055-555f6fddb345Please be gentle with your body and give yourself a chance to catch up by implementing a few easy changes. It is no mystery when DST is coming. It is well marked on our calendars, school sends us like 10 emails, our phones have it scheduled through infinity and even Alexa set a reminder Saturday night! So instead of letting the loss of 1 dreamy hour of sleep bring you down, let me share a few simple practices you can put into place now in order to help you get back on track in no time!

 

I have broken it down into simple steps in order to make it easier to implement for our families. Yes, I am all about schedules, wait, excuse me I mean routines. We all thrive on routines! Body, mind and spirit appreciate well-crafted habits. Just try not to be too rigid with your schedule and allow some flexibility to find a good balance. More about that another day!

Dinner Routine:
Try to stick to your regular dinner time. If necessary, give your kids a small healthy snack to hold them over until dinner. Before you start cooking, dim down the lights throughout the house. Also don’t forget to dim the lights at the dinner table or even better, eat dinner by candlelight. My kids LOVE candlelight! Play soft music and drink warm herbal tea during dinner to relax the senses and start calming down your nervous system. We love chamomile and mint tea at night in our house. Stay away from blue lights emitted by tablets, computers and phones as they increase the release of cortisol which inhibits the production of melatonin in our brains. If possible, try to avoid eating dessert and watching TV after dinner this week. Sugar is a stimulant and Television also emits unwanted blue light.

Bedtime Routine:
At bedtime, adjust your thermostat to ensure your room is nice and comfortable before you climb into a warm relaxing bath with essential oils and Epsom salts. After your bath, slip into your coziest PJ’s and take a small amount of melatonin 1 hour before your usual bedtime. Melatonin can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer while aiding your body in resetting its circadian rhythm. I also enjoy reading a relaxing paperback, doing a 10 minute body scan or muscle relaxation routine before I drift away.

Morning Routine:
I usually wake up with the sun. But the first week after daylight savings time, I have to tell you, I drag a bit in the morning while my body readjusts. I set my alarm a few minutes earlier so that I can lay in bed and “wake up” before I get out of bed. Now it’s time to help our bodies readjust by enjoying some sunlight. Getting 15-60 minutes of sunshine first thing in the morning is a great way to awaken our senses and help shift our internal body clock. Try to make an effort to exercise earlier in the day. Take it outside and enjoy walking the dog or get a run in to start your day. Your body will thank you later!

Early Afternoon Routine:
I like a little caffeine in the afternoon. I mean, who doesn’t need a pick me up? The week after DST, I try to avoid caffeine after 1pm so that it doesn’t disrupt my nighttime routine. If I’m dragging, I like to take a coffee nap. What?!? You’ve never heard of those?!? It’s super easy!! Here’s how I do it. I get everything I need ready for my nap. Things like a pillow, blanket, eye mask, cozy socks and ocean waves music track; yes, that’s how I sleep. I brew a cup of coffee, sit on the couch and enjoy my warm cup of Joe. I lay down on the couch and quickly drift away. The caffeine wakes me up about 30 minutes later and I am happy and cheerful to go about my day. It is all about the setting and preparation. If I wait until after I drink my coffee to get ready for a nap, no way! I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep after 10 minutes. Trust me, I’ve tried it and failed!

So there you have it! A few simple tips for you and your family to get through the first week of daylight savings time a little bit more efficiently. I hope you find these tips useful and start implementing them into your routine. What do you guys do? If you have some tried and true suggestions, please don’t forget to add your recommendations in the comments down below.

Until next time! Stay warm and cozy!

Eli