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Still Haven’t Adjusted to Daylight Saving Time? 5 Tips to Get You Back On Track

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If you are the average adult, odds are your butt is still dragging this week thanks to the weekend time change.  Well, according to a recent study , the average adult won’t feel “normal” again until Thursday. Here are 5 tips from WebMD to get you back on track.

  1. Take a nap!  If you’re groggy, allow yourself a little afternoon shut-eye. (But don’t get caught doing it at work!)  and don’t make it too long — 20 to 30 minutes works, just not too close to bedtime.
  2. Exercise – Even a 30 minute walk is beneficial, but don’t do it within three hours of bedtime or you might be too wired to fall asleep.
  3. Relax before bed – According to WebMD, worrying can increase production of cortisol, a hormone that increases alertness.  I read to slow down my brain.  A boring book, not a good one.
  4. Avoid stimulants before bed – Avoid caffeine and alcohol four to six hours before bedtime.  I always thought alcohol helped me sleep but it’s not that deep REM sleep that we all need.
  5. If you can’t sleep, get up – I try everything to fall back to sleep; counting forwards and backwards, trying to relax starting with my toes and working my way up, EVERYTHING and now they say GET UP!  Go into another room and do something to relax and that does not mean getting on Facebook.

I think if you just relax and stop thinking about that “lost hour of sleep” everything will adjust itself.  Stay in routine and go to bed at your normal time and set your alarm for the normal time.  It drives me crazy that people refer to the “other” time right after daylight saving starts.  Sunday morning after breakfast I said “Wow! Look, it’s already 10:30!”  David replied “Well, it’s really only 9:30.”  No!  it’s really 10:30!

Are you a fan of Daylight Saving Time or should they just leave the clocks alone?

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