As the weather is beginning to slowly thaw and the search for our lighter jacket in the back of the closet is underway, it’s a great time to start talking about Daylight Saving Time, kicking in at 2am on March 10th. The day we switch over to Daylight Saving Time (or DST)—when our clocks “spring forward” an hour—is typically dreaded because it steals an hour of our sleep...but does it really?
If you think about it, what everyone complains about is missing sleep that they wouldn’t have to miss if they just adjusted their sleep schedule. In reality, we can all get a full night of sleep no matter what our clocks say—all it takes is a little planning ahead.
Take it slow
Your body’s biological schedule is pretty stubborn, but it’s also open to change as long as you give it time.
Ahh, winter. That most contentious of seasons. Seems to be, you either love it or hate it, and a lot of that just has to do with perspective. For instance, some see freshly-fallen snow and are awestruck by beauty—others think about how rough traffic will be in the morning. Some people hear Christmas music back on the radio and are immediately filled with holiday cheer—while other would prefer nails on a chalkboard.
But there are some side effects of winter time that nobody is fond of, and one of those is the sleepy, sluggish, can’t-get-out-of-bed feeling which sort of feels like an urge to hibernate. It’s a feeling most of us could do without, and it actually can be harmful to a healthy night of sleep. Here’s some of the sluggish “hibernation” habits we tend to fall into, and how you can beat them in order to get your best sleep possible.
The leaves are changing, the mornings are frostier, and there’s pumpkin spice everything everywhere you look—which can only mean that the end of daylight saving time (also mistakenly known as daylight savings time) is right around the corner. This year, DST comes to an end on Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m., which is when our clocks will “fall backwards” and go back an hour. With this, we gain an extra hour of sleep that night.
You’re probably looking forward to this extra bit of shut-eye, and rightly so—an hour of sleep is a very powerful thing! Raising your nightly amount of sleep from just six to a full seven hours actually rewards you with a number of noticeable physical and mental benefits. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of what an hour of sleep can do than the