By Jeff Cao
Daylight Savings is coming up this Sunday, and if you’re like me you struggle to get all the restful sleep humanly possible. Losing an hour of sleep doesn’t make it any easier. If it’s hard for you, imagine what it would be like for your kids! You know what a change in schedule can do to their routines. Lets face it, losing an hour of sleep isn’t something most people choose to sign up for. (Learn more about Daylight Savings Time)
Here are are five simple tips that might help you and your family survive the switch to daylight savings time this Sunday.
- Start early – change the clocks early (Friday night). This allows your body to adjust to the time change before Sunday! Changing clocks on Saturday is SO 2013.
- Exercise – When you workout, your body releases a chemical called serotonin, which helps your body to adjust. Try to workout early in the day, rather than late at night. Working out late at night can actually interfere with your sleep quality. Kids do best when they are outside playing for at least 60 minutes a day. Tired kids go to bed! You might even get a little snoring xD
- Nap wisely – Try to resist taking large naps late in the day. If you are tired, try taking a brisk walk around the block or nap earlier in the day for no more than 20 minutes. Don’t know when the best time to take a nap is for you? No problem! Try this interactive nap wheel and find out!
- Digest – With the time change you may be hungry earlier or later than before. Give yourself ample time to digest dinner before going to bed. Heavy nighttime meals will interfere with the quality of your sleep. Maybe forgo that double banana-split sundae…
- Lighten up – The right combo of dark and light will help your body’s circadian rhythm readjust so you can fall asleep on your new schedule. When the kids wake up, open up the blinds, they will associate light with daytime. At night, dim down the lights, your kids will begin to associate darkness with bedtime.
Adjusting to Daylight Savings will never be easy, but simply making a few changes to you and your family’s routines beforehand can make all the difference. See you (on-time, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed) Sunday!
…You’ve just heard a Cao go moo.
Jeff Cao is in a young man in his 20′s, living on the west coast of the U.S, just trying to experience life to the fullest while attempting to help others along the way. He offers up some advice on getting through your 20′s alive, passes around some hope while doing so, and throws in a few “life hacks/tips” here and there which will, he’s sure, be entertaining to us all. Everything from finances, to family, to spirituality; you suggest it, he’ll blog about it. Check out his blog at: seecao.wordpress.com