Are You Ready to Spring Forward?) 3/31/2011 <p>Much of the country recently &ldquo;sprung forward&rdquo; into Daylight Savings Time, signaling t

Are You Ready to Spring Forward?

Much of the country recently “sprung forward” into Daylight Savings Time, signaling that spring is near, soon to be followed by summer. The days are getting longer and we’ll get to see the sun more frequently. After a long, cold winter, this can be a welcome relief, but it also takes some time to adjust, particularly during the first few weeks after the change occurs. What’s the best way to adapt when what was once 10p.m. is now 9p.m.? Read the tips below.

Keep a Schedule – And Stick to It
If you’re accustomed to hitting the hay at 11p.m., for example, it can be tempting to stay up until 12a.m. following the time change, but resist the urge. You may find it difficult to fall asleep for the first few days – even weeks – following the time change, but most of us still need to wake up at a set time, which will come an hour earlier if you don’t make the decision to adjust your schedule.

Get Some Fresh Air
When you arrive at home after a long day of work and studying for your classes, you’ll notice that you have more daylight to work with. Take advantage of it! Use the extra hour of brightness to take a long walk, work in your garden, or play an outdoor sport. The extra light can improve your mood, and physical activity will keep you healthy and make it easier for you to get through the day.

Avoid Relying on Caffeine
It can be tempting to increase your usual morning cup of coffee to two or even three, or to grab that 20 oz of Coke from the vending machine at 3p.m., but these practices may actually work against you. Too much caffeine can make it difficult to fall asleep. Instead, drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated and alert.

With the right strategy in place, you can make your “Spring Forward” transition a smooth one. Unless you’re planning on moving to Arizona or Hawaii (the two states that don’t observe Daylight Savings Time), you’ll need to do what you can to adjust.

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