First 5 LA’s 5 Ways to Survive Daylight Savings
This year, Daylight Savings Time begins on March 14. Here are some strategies for surviving the time change:
End the day earlier – Adjusting to even an hour of time difference can make everyone feel a little tired and grumpy. Get homework and tasks out of the way as soon as everyone gets home, have an early dinner and give everyone time to wind down before bed. Ending the day early means an earlier bedtime. Try not to wait until the last second before bed to get things done – our brains need some time to wind down before sleep!
Adjust meals – Losing an hour of sleep can cause hunger to strike earlier for both kids and adults. Your bodies may be used to eating at a very specific time, so consider having a snack or adjusting meal times for a while to make sure you don’t get too hungry (which, like sleep deprivation, makes people grouchy!)
Enhance natural melatonin – Our bodies naturally release melatonin at different times of the day. When it’s dark outside melatonin increases, and when it’s sunny, melatonin decreases. Spend morning and evening near an open window to enhance your family’s natural melatonin production. This will help you feel energetic in the daytime and sleepy at night.
Have an active weekend – Schedule an active weekend for your family. Plan some fun activities that will get your family moving – hiking, bike rides or nature walks are good ways to enjoy early spring. Physical activity during the day helps us wind down at night and get better sleep – even if we are getting less of it.
Celebrate the light and turn off screens – More daylight is reason to celebrate! Take a walk outside after dinner and turn off all screens at least an hour before bedtime.