This month on March 11th, many of us will shift our clocks forward one hour, losing one hour of sleep. That one hour makes a difference. Researchers have found that in the days after daylight saving time (DST) starts, as we struggle to adjust to disrupted circadian rhythms (our body’s internal clock), problems arise, from an increase in car accidents and workplace injuries to lack of productivity and greater risk of heart attack. According to a recent study, your best bet for getting your body back on track is to go camping, exposing your body to the natural cycle of the sun. But if that’s not for you, here are some other helpful tips:
• Prepare yourself by waking up earlier for several days before DST starts (first 15 minutes earlier, then 30, and so on).
• Expose yourself to sunlight, or bright white light, in the morning for a few days at the time you want to be awake. Daylight does wonders for adjusting your biological clock.
• Avoid bright light in the evening, especially close to bedtime.
• Exercise in the AM, not PM.