5 Tips to Survive Daylight Savings Time
Updated: Mar 7
by Dr. Jen Caudle
Daylight savings time can be tough. The time change can disrupt our circadian rhythms, causing our body to become “confused” and leaving us feeling jet lagged.
But here are few things that might help:
1) Keep a consistent sleep schedule. Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time (I know it's hard with the time change, but give it a try).
2) Get enough sleep. Maintain a schedule of getting 7-8 hours of sleep at night.
3) Exercise. Maintain your typical physical activity levels during the time change to keep your body and your mind sharp.
4) Maintain good sleep hygiene.
- Avoid alcohol before bed to prevent fragmented sleep
- Avoid heavy meals or drinking lots of fluids right before bed (these can keep you tossing and turning or heading to the bathroom all night)
- Keep the bedroom for sleep and sex only so that you associate the bedroom with relaxing activities.
- Keep your room dark and cool in order to help you sleep your best.
5) Listen to your body. Above all else do what feels right for you. If you need a nap, take a nap. If your body tells you to get up and get moving earlier than usual, do that.
Happy Daylight Savings Time!
Dr. Jen Caudle
Dr. Jen Caudle is a Family Physician, Associate Professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine and On-Air Health Expert. She frequently appears on TODAY, NBC Nightly News, Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, HLN, the Rachael Ray Show etc. Sign up to receive her free health newsletter at www.drjencaudle.com and visit her YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/drjencaudle.