The good news: Those early sundowns and rainy cold spells are finally coming to a welcome end (hello flip flops and patios!). The bad news: you’re about to lose an hour of sleep to get there.
While the 60 minute loss may seem like a justifiable trade-off for shedding those umbrellas and chilly hunter boots, the Monday following Daylight Savings Time is actually statistically proven to just be an all-around “bad day”.
Research indicates that this tough start to the week brings with it less productivity at work, an increase in traffic accidents, lower stock prices , a higher incidence of heart attacks , and an overall feeling of grumpiness.
Sound like a bad time? Take this advice from nutritionists, personal trainers, and sleep experts on how to stay energized and cope with the annual time change.
Just as you would before a big trip where you’re anticipating jet lag, set your alarm a little earlier than normal on the days leading up to the time change (think: Friday, Saturday and Sunday). This minor adjustment will help your body acclimatize and can make it easier to spring out of bed on Monday morning.
Using electronics before bed is a sure-fire way to get you fired up before your head hits the pillow. The increased light from your laptop, phone, TV, etc can suppress melatonin production, a regulatory hormone that helps your body shut down for the night.
Open your blinds
A healthy dose of sunlight first thing in the morning energizes your body through powerful signals to your brain so keep those curtains open before you lay down for the night – and hey, this is why we’re changing the clocks anyway, right?
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
Fuelling your body with an energy-packed meal first thing in the morning is essential for triggering a response in your body that tells it the day is starting. Keep your choices healthy with high-antioxidant fruits; healthy fats like avocado, nuts, seeds and natural peanut butter; a cup of oats and/or protein-rich greek yogurt. And hey, if it helps – opt for a cup of coffee or tea.
When you’re dehydrated, your body has to work a whole lot harder and spend a whole lot of much-needed energy simply to get your heart pumping an adequate amount of blood to your cells. This means of over-working results in feelings of lethargy and fatigue – something that can easily be countered by taking in the recommended two litres of water throughout the day.
Yay!! We, for obvious reasons, love this one. While you may feel like it’s counterintuitive to spend your sleep-deprived morning expelling extra energy, working out in the A.M. can in fact help you adjust by increasing your body’s production of serotonin, a wonderful little chemical that can regulate appetite, mood, and, yes, sleep.
Hit two birds with one stone and go for a brisk walk outside! Or, at the very least, spend some time in well-lit rooms where you can see a lot of natural outside light. The whole point of DST is to get your body clock in line with the earlier sun rises so use this natural mood-enhancer to help your circadian rhythm adjust.
 “Affects of Daylight Saving Time Changes on Stock Market Volatility” Psychological Reports, 2011
 “Heart attacks rise following daylight-saving time” UAB News, March 2011