As the days get shorter, leaves change, and the temperature cools, the time for “fall back” gets closer. Now with phones and computers set to automatically update, we don’t think about the time change as much, but perhaps we should spend more time preparing for the time change.
Know What the Rule Is In Your State
Several states have opted out of the time change, choosing instead to keep a permanent schedule all year long. If you live in a state or plan to be traveling over the weekend, be cognizant of how the time change may affect your time in relation to other time zones. You may want to turn off the automatic update feature in your phone to prevent confusion.
Use Your Alarm Clock
Because fall back is taking an hour from the end of the day and adding it to the beginning of the day, you may be tempted to sleep in. Why not take advantage of the time change and wake up at your regular time? You won’t have to struggle through waking up early and when it comes time to spring forward, the transition won’t be as painful.
You may be tempted to drink caffeinated beverages a little later in the day so you can stay up that extra hour, but experts advise against that. Drinking stimulants close to bedtime will make it harder to get your system adjusted to the new time. However, some professionals recommend taking melatonin if needed. If possible, stick with your regular routine, and you’ll soon become used to the new schedule.
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Get Some Vitamin D
Sunlight directly affects our circadian rhythms, and vitamin D works on several of our bodies’ systems. Too little of either can lead to negative effects like seasonal depression. However, since, it’s darker in the evening, getting outside can be difficult. Make sure you’re getting some time in the sun and supplementing with vitamin D as needed to be sure you won’t be at a deficit.
Focus on Sleep
Your quality of sleep is an undoubtedly important factor in your overall wellbeing and success as an adult student. Some neurologist recommended tips on sleep include turning off backlit devices an hour before bedtime, keeping your bedroom dark, meditating, and installing LED lightbulbs, which mimic sunlight and therefore help regulate your circadian rhythm.
Whether you use “fall back” as a way to get up an hour earlier, accomplish basic tasks around your home, or simply switch the clocks and move on, be sure you’re taking care of yourself. You understand your own needs and goals better than anyone else. We are here to help you how we can, every step of the way!