With the end of daylight saving time this weekend, we were delighted to gain an extra hour – and spend it sleeping, of course! While catching more zzz’s is always a good thing, the time change also means that shorter days have arrived. If the decrease in daylight is getting you down, we found a few tips to keep you alert and energized.
1. Get sunlight early in the day. Michael Decker, Ph.D., an associate professor at Georgia State University and spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine advises people to “think about getting up, going outside. Getting that bright light in the morning is absolutely key to health and performance and everything that goes with it.” As he explained to The Huffington Post, “when light stimulates a certain part of the brain first thing in the morning, it can make us more vigilant throughout the day and boost moods in the long run.”
2. Practice healthy habits. Eating right and exercising are vital for overall health and well-being. A brisk walk during the day can work wonders in improving your mood; plus, you’ll have a better night’s sleep and will wake up feeling more rested.
3. Talk to your doctor if you’re still feeling blue. Light therapy is often used to treat seasonal affective disorder and can be an effective way to get your sleep cycle back on track.
What are your tips for coping with the time change? We’d love to hear!