Pomerene Hospital Blog
Are YOU Ready To 'Spring Forward'?
Daylight Saving Time beings Sunday, March 8, 2015, are you ready to spring forward?
This Sunday at 2:00 AM we move our clocks forward to 3:00 AM. This annual, bittersweet adjustment may give us brighter evenings and serve as a sign that
spring is on its way, but it also interferes with our sleep schedules. Losing an hour’s sleep is not easy for an already sleep-deprived nation; the
loss can really take a toll on your body.
Daylight Saving Time allows us to better use the extra daylight in the evenings due to those longer days of summer; the perfect solution for cookouts, evening swims, and spending more time with loved ones. We move the clocks forward one hour when DST starts and fall back one hour when DST ends in the fall.
We can all relate to the “Monday Morning Drag” as it is hard enough to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but these helpful tips may just motivate your Monday!
Prepare to Spring Forward!
Make the time change incrementally. Make it a habit to set your alarm clock 10 to 15 minutes earlier for a week or so prior to the change. When we spring forward, you WILL be ready.
Practice Good Sleep Habits
- If you nap during the day, keep it brief (between 10 and 15 minutes).
- Make sure your bedroom is comfortable, quiet and dark.
- Avoid large, high-fat meals or spicy foods late in the day. You may have a love/hate relationship with these foods as they may cause discomfort or heartburn.
- Don't go to bed hungry! A light snack before bedtime, such as oatmeal or cereal can keep your hunger from waking you.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Do keep in mind; it can take up to eight hours for the stimulating effects of caffeine wear off.