Monday, November 08, 2010

Adjusting to Changing the Clocks

Did you all enjoy the extra hour of sleep this weekend? I know I sure did.

Time changing clock(Source)

Although, while the extra sleep is nice, changing the clocks always puts my body into a bit of a funk until I completely adjust.

I get hungry way too early and end up staying up later than I should because the clock says it's only 10, even though it feels like 11.

To help myself adjust more quickly, I follow these steps:

Go to sleep when I'm tired. 
It doesn't matter what the clock says, I go to sleep when my body says I should and wake up when my alarm goes off at 6 a.m. I know eventually my body will get used to the new time and start to naturally adjust.

Eat meals at normal times and avoid excess snacking.
I always get hungry for lunch at 11 a.m. after the clocks fall back, but I wait to eat lunch until the clock says it's noon. Again I know my body will sync eventually and sticking to a schedule in the beginning helps. Excess snacking just throws everything off, so I try to stick to regular meals the first few days after the change.

Exercise.
Besides the obvious physical benefits for working out, exercise just makes me feel more awake in the morning and gives me more energy during the day. Plus if I exercise during the day, I know I'll sleep more soundly at night. As an added bonus, exercise releases serotonin, a brain chemical, which is reported to help our bodies better adjust to time changes.

By the end of the week, I should be full adjusted to the new times and back into a happy rhythm.

Do you have a hard time adjusting to time changes? What do you to do make it easier?

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