6 Tips To Help You Deal With The Devastation Of Daylight Saving Time

We've been dreading it for months. But, like a fly wafting in with the scent of fresh pack of spring allergy meds, it's finally almost here. It's promised to turn us against those we love most, plunging us into the apocalyptic world our gross species probably deserves.

No, we're not talking about tax season — we're talking about daylight saving time. (Insert scream-face emoji here.) Technically, it's the start of daylight saving time, which means that, at 2:00 a.m. on March 12, we're jumping forward and losing an hour of precious sleep in the process. But, as we well know, that lost hour of sleep isn't the only awful thing coming our way — soon we'll be trudging home in the dark every night and just feeling off.

Okay, so we're being glib here; DST is not the worst thing in the world, and in the scheme of things (like, you know, global climate change, etc.) it's not a big deal. Soon enough, you'll be used to it, and everything will be okay.

Still, it remains true that DST can be kind of annoying for your body, especially during that first week. Thankfully, there are a few tried-and-true things you can do to help soften the blow of the weekend's incoming life changes.

So, go ahead and click through for a few tips on staying energized and stress-free as the universe inevitably crumbles around us.

Photographed by Rockie Nolan.
1. Start adjusting now
The time change may feel abrupt, but your body gets used to it after a while. So why not start adjusting ahead of time? Tonight and for the next few days, try going to bed and waking up a half hour earlier for a day or two. Then, try shifting things by a full hour from your normal routine. When the clocks actually change, you'll be ahead of the game (and, probably, your coworkers).
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2. Prep for your snack attack
When our schedules are thrown off, it's natural to feel a little sluggish and turn to sweets. But resist the urge to munch on simple carbs and sugars — those will only end up making you feel worse. Instead, get prepped by making sure you've got a few healthy, filling, energizing snacks on hand ahead of time. Make sure to add veggies, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and complex carbs to your grocery list. That might include Greek yogurt with fresh fruit (it's pomegranate season!), avocado on whole wheat toast, or even some leftover roasted pumpkin seeds.
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3. Keep your water bottle filled
Staying hydrated is always important, of course. But when you're stressed and feeling like you're off your game, drinking water has a way of dropping to the bottom of your to-do list. So making it easy to drink all the H2O you need is extra important during this week of transition.
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4. Wind down without your phone
By now, you probably know that blue light (the stuff that emanates from your phone, laptop, TV, etc.) can mess with with your body's natural sleep processes and keep you awake. And maybe you also know that means you shouldn't look at those things for at least an hour before bedtime (or you can use a program like f.lux or your iPhone's night shift instead). But if there were ever a time to actually act on that advice, it would be now — there's no need to make this change harder on yourself.
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5. Get as much sun as possible
Even though we're heading into spring and summer, it's still tough for many of us to get away from our desks and soak up that sun. Unfortunately, sunlight is one of the rare external cues that your body needs to keep your circadian rhythms on track. So it's worth making the extra effort to go for a walk at lunch, take the long way home, or, if necessary, invest in a light therapy box to help yourself transition to the dark times ahead.
photographed by Atisha Paulson.
6. Cut the caffeine.

One way to regulate your body's sleep schedule as it adjusts to the time shift is to reduce your caffeine intake. Even if you're feeling groggy, try to hold off on that late-afternoon latte. Less caffeine will help keep your sleep cycle in check and make it easier to fall asleep at your new bedtime.
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