Talk To Me Tuesday; Dealing with Time Change
Ugghhhh…In just a few days it will be back into the darkness as we turn our clocks back…. Who thought this was a good idea? And WHY are we still participating in it? Honestly, dealing with time change is miserable. I know everyone always gets excited about “gaining” an hour of sleep, but really it just alters your sleep patterns and creates an added stress that none of us need. Please, I need tips on how YOU deal with it. I will share my best tips, but I am always looking for more on this topic because the struggle is real!
My Best Tips for Managing the Time Change
- Start easing into the new routine NOW – while there are days to slowly prepare your body for this shift. I know it is only an hour, but that hour can create chaos with your internal clock; lowering immunity, making you feel foggy-headed, and create unsavory mood changes. To help me with this (And the dreaded darkness that follows) I invested in a light alarm clock. Seriously one of the best purchases I have made recently! It gradually increases in light as you approach your desired wake up time – making a much nicer waking experience. It mimics sunlight, so you wake up feeling refreshed, unlike the misery of waking up to a loud alarm in the dark. I may sound dramatic right now, but this is how I feel – it has made a huge difference in how I wake up.
- No caffeine after 1pm for me! That is a rule I adhere to all the time because if I don’t, I am struggling all night to sleep! I also avoid alcohol in the couple hours leading to bedtime – while it might make you sleepy, it actually disrupts your sleep patterns, making you feel less rested in the am.
- I have a nighttime routine. I shower or take a warm bath at night, have a cup of chamomile tea, and read. I don’t watch TV, go on my phone, or the computer before bed.
What are your best tips?
I would love to hear from you about how you deal with the time change. Or maybe you love it – in that case I most definitely need to hear from you as to why! I could use some positivity surrounding this topic, because it creates a lot of dread for me…
With Love & Gratitude,