Getting to grips with daylight saving

Getting to grips with daylight saving

Daylight saving is a drag every year, especially when the clocks go back. Everything has to be moved around and you stagger around groggily for about a week until you get used to the new time.

One would wonder why daylight saving still occurs. It causes quite some confusion every year and knocks millions of people out of whack for at least a few days. Whilst it may seem like an outdated concept for some, the fact is that it still happens, year after year. If we still need to put up with it then it makes sense to try and make it a bit easier to deal with. So how does one make the whole daylight saving thing a little less impactful?

A good way to tackle the tiredness that daylight saving can bring is to go to bed a bit earlier every night. A week before the clocks move, get to bed around 15 minutes earlier and adjust your body clock before the other clocks move.

Fit a little exercise into your day too. This will build up your energy and help you get to sleep quicker. That way you won’t notice the change as much.

Try to find the sunlight when you get up too. That’s hard when it’s dark in the Winter, but if there is a chance to have your coffee near a window with some natural light coming in, it will help to signal to your body that it’s time to be awake.

As with jetlag, napping to get over it is not really an option. You need to re-train your body and the sooner you get this part over with the better.

Early nights, exercise, natural light and planning are your tools in the quest to survive daylight saving. Have them ready to go before it hits and you will emerge in better shape than you expected.

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