Daylight Savings Time is well on its way, and we’re here for it. But as we look forward to longer, warmer, and sunnier days ahead, the idea of losing an hour of sleep is a little daunting. After months of fighting the seasonal scaries, we’re pretty tired, and 60 minutes down the drain definitely won’t help.
According to the Mayo Clinic, when DST steals some time back, the human body’s natural sleep-wake cycle (known as circadian rhythm) gets knocked off balance. Our internal clock becomes out of sync with our external, bringing on the brain fog and causing us to feel a bit sluggish. So, how can we boost our energy levels as we shake the winter blues? Since we can’t get that hour back until next November, you can follow these steps to pump yourself up as we spring forward. We can DO this, people!
Get Your Body Going
It’s important to take time to move n’ groove. Incorporating some exercise into your day, whether that be 15 minutes on the elliptical, a fun dance class, or a walk around the block, can do a world of good. Movement delivers more energy for your cells to burn and helps circulate oxygen. A little bit of exercise can impact how well you sleep, and can even increase your brain’s dopamine levels—leading to a major mood boost!
Squeeze in Some Extra Zzzzzzs
The best way to catch up on sleep? Head to bed a little earlier! The National Institutes of Health says a full night of slumber can help with brain cognition, alertness, and mood. If you consistently lose out on sleep, it could affect growth and stress hormones, weaken the immune system, and can even cause the late-night munchies. If you usually count sheep when you can’t sleep (AKA, scroll mindlessly on TikTok), try turning off your devices 30 minutes before bedtime. Being on your phone heightens stimulation, and can emit a blue light that halts production of the sleep hormone, melatonin. Stretch, read a book, and light a scented candle for the ultimate sleepytime vibes.
Cut Back on the Cocktails
Nothing screams springtime like an Aperol Spritz. However, if you’ve been feeling depleted, it might be smart to swap alcohol for a virgin, sugar-free drink. Alcohol can have a sedative effect right after you enjoy, and several hours later can cause restlessness. This is because alcohol raises the level of epinephrine (a stimulating stress hormone that increases heart rate) in your body which can lead to the inability to fall asleep soundly. What can you replace your go-to cocktail with? Water!!!!! The CDC shouts out water’s power to lubricate joints, get rid of waste, and keep your body at the perfect temp. If you’re not a fan of the plain Jane taste, find a fun way to jazz it up. Add in juicy citrus, carbonate it (we love Recess), or get creative with some fresh mint leaves.
Eat Energizing Foods
Sugary snacks, desserts, or seemingly “healthy” products like protein bars and granola can sneakily contain a whole day’s worth of sweeteners. These treats might give you a satisfying buzz in the moment, but the feeling will soon be replaced by a slump. If you’re craving something on the sweeter side, reach for a fiber-rich snack, like an apple or a banana. You can also add complex carbs into your meals like potatoes, lentils, legumes, leafy greens, and avocados. These are great blood sugar stabilizing foods that can also keep you going long-term. If you’re too busy to prep lunch and dinner, we can deliver carb-conscious, plant-based, and veggie-packed dishes right to your door. Take that, time crunch!
Armed with the right food and drinks, a solid sleep schedule, and some exercise, you can get the most out of the sunshine this spring. Let’s clap back at the clock; Daylight Savings Time has got nothing on us.