Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 13 meaning our clocks will roll forward, and we’ll lose an hour of time (sigh).
Even if it’s only an hour, it can be hard to adjust to the abrupt time change. The good news is that spring is almost here, which means warmer, longer days are headed our way!
Here are some tips and reminders to help you make the most of daylight saving time this year.
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 are less likely to notice that hour difference. Looking for additional sleep tips? Check out this article on tips for better sleep.
Keep your schedule consistent
After the time changes, it may be tempting to go to bed a little later than usual or you may simply forget because the days are getting longer. Try to avoid making any major changes to your sleep schedule by setting a reminder to get ready for bed at your usual time. This will help you feel more rested, and your body will adjust more quickly to the time change.
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 or lose some of our energy, the spring sunlight may bring us some sense of relief. 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.
If you find that the sun is hindering your ability to fall asleep, consider using a sleep mask or light-blocking curtains. This will help you maintain your normal bedtime routine so you can get adequate sleep as we transition into summer.
There are a number of resources available that can help you sleep better and adjust to the time change this spring.
If you’re having sleep difficulties, it may be beneficial to try out free apps like CBT-i Coach to track your sleep. These kinds of apps can help you develop better sleep habits, improve your sleep environment and learn techniques to alleviate insomnia.
Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS)
Join CAPS for a free Healthy Living workshop each week. They’ll cover topics related to general health and wellness, including body image, nutrition/eating, physical activity, sleep, general self-care and stress management. To sign up, visit your MyCUHealth portal.
Peer Wellness Coaching
You can also meet one-on-one with a trained Peer Wellness Coach. They are familiar with a variety of issues college students face every day, including stress, relationships, time management, self-image, sleep, self-care, finances, goal-setting and more.
If you’re feeling tired during the day, a quick 20-minute nap may help you feel more rested and alert without impacting your nightly routine. Check out the Relaxation Station nap pods available at The Rec and the 3rd floor Wellness Suite in Wardenburg Health Center.
The Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center is a great place to purchase over-the-counter remedies like sunscreen, aromatherapy oils, sleep aids and more. Stop by Wardenburg to browse their full selection.