Daylight savings time began in Canada over 100 years ago. Its purpose was to save coal and energy for factories. Things have changed over the years, but the country still follows this age-old tradition of pushing the clocks ahead and turning them back. To help deal with losing an hour of sleep in the spring, here are a few things you can do.
Focus on Your Sleep
Plan for the time change by catching up on your sleep the weekend before. Go to bed at your usual time instead of staying up the extra hour, and get up at your normal time. You may lose an hour of productivity, but your sleep will be on track, which should make you feel more alert the following day. To do this, avoid caffeine several hours before bed and avoid sunlight and other bright lights late in the evening. You can also start a week before the time change and slowly shift your bedtime for 15 minutes each night. This gives your body time to adjust naturally when the clocks turn back.
Take a Walk
Take advantage of the extra hours of sunshine by going for a walk first thing in the morning. Not only can walking add years to your life, but it also helps wake you up if you are still groggy from adjusting to the time change.
Enjoy a Nap
Use your lunchtime at work to catch up on your sleep with a nap. Try to keep your nap to 30 minutes or less, which is just enough time to let you recharge without affecting your sleep at night. By sleeping on your break time, you also get the added benefits of quicker reaction times, boosted memory and increased productivity.
Try Earlier Mealtimes
When the clock moves ahead an hour, you may find you are hungry earlier or later in the day. Give your food ample time to digest before heading to bed. Digestion can interfere with sleep and make it harder to get up in the morning and stay alert during early morning meetings.
Make the adjustment to daylight savings time smoother by planning ahead and making small changes throughout the day. After a few weeks, your schedule should be back on track and you can once again focus on the task at hand.