The “spring forward” time change is this weekend. If you’re like many people, you’re dreading it -- We’re going to lose an hour, after all. Here are some things you can do to make the transition a little easier.
Resist the urge to drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks in the afternoon or evening. The noticeable effects of caffeine may wear off after a few hours, but it stays in your system for much longer and affects your quality of sleep, so you’ll just wake up feeling more tired the next morning. Do your body a favor and stay away from caffeine after lunchtime! (Drink some non-caffeinated tea instead; an instant hot water dispenser, which dispenses near-boiling filtered water on demand, makes it really quick and easy! Call us at 586-459-0040 for more info.)
Don’t put off changing the clock in your car. Many of us remember to set the clocks around the house and office, but the car clock gets neglected for a while after the time change happens. If you’re one of those people, isn’t it disorienting to see one time on your alarm clock and a completely different time when you glance at the clock in your car? Avoid that disorienting feeling by changing your car’s clock right away this weekend.
Prioritize getting enough sleep. This really makes a difference in how you feel! Make sure you go to bed early enough, take a Melatonin supplement, get some exercise during the day, or do whatever else you need to do to improve your sleep. (Take a hot bath before bedtime if you need to relax after a stressful day. If your bathroom isn’t relaxing, though, springtime is the perfect time of year to upgrade a faucet or fixture in your bathroom - click here for some coupons you can use.)
Set a reminder on your phone. Your phone’s clock and other devices most likely will change automatically in the middle of the night, but set a reminder for Saturday evening so you remember to change the clocks around your home that don’t change automatically.
The first couple days after the time change is gonna be hard, but if you follow this advice, you’ll be used to the adjusted schedule before you know it!
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