Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 8. At this time our clocks will roll forward, and we’ll lose an hour of time (sigh). Even though it’s only an hour, it can be hard to adjust to waking up earlier. The good news is this also means warmer, longer days are headed our way! Here are some tips and reminders to help you make the most of daylight saving time.
Keep your schedule consistent
After the time change, it can be tempting to go to bed later than usual or you may simply forget because of the longer days. Try to set a reminder to go to sleep at your usual time. This will help you feel more rested and your body will adjust quicker to the time change.
Set yourself up for success
The morning after the time change can be rough. Set yourself up for success by changing the time on all of your manual clocks the night before (think about your stove, microwave, alarm clock, etc.). Try to avoid staying up late or using electronics before bed. This will help you get a restful night’s sleep so you won’t even notice that hour difference. Looking for additional sleep tips? Check out this article on tips for better sleep.
Soak up some sun
Longer days and more sunlight means it’s a great time to get outside and soak up some vitamin D. While the winter months can cause us to feel down, and decrease our energy, springtime can bring us some sense of relief. Sunlight has a powerful effect on the brain, increasing serotonin and helping us wake up naturally in the morning. Make time to take a morning or afternoon walk outside when the sun is out to soak up the rays. Remember to always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30+ whenever you are out in the sun.
Trouble sleeping? Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers a free Sleep Skills workshop for students. During this workshop, you’ll learn tips and tools to help you identify why your thoughts may be keeping you awake, how to quiet them and how to develop better sleep habits.
If you need a midday snooze, you can visit one of our on-campus nap pods. Nap pods are available for free to students in the Rec Center and on the 3rd floor of Wardenburg Health Center.
Health Promotion also offers free sample size aromatherapy bottles. Mix together your own sleep aid to enjoy a more restful night. Visit the Health Promotion office on the 3rd floor of Wardenburg to make yours.