Surviving Daylight Savings
By Syd Baran, Head of Community
This week we have some good news for you! Daylight savings is right around the corner and we want to make sure our community is ready. This year, it is on Sunday, March 11. As you may have noticed it’s been getting lighter earlier and darker later.
Before we get into our best kept tips for losing an hour of sleep, (this might seem impossible, but I promise you Roomors fam, we will get through this together!), let’s explore some facts.
Daylight savings can be attributed to none other than Benjamin Franklin whose idea it was to reset clocks in the summer months in order to conserve energy. In essence, by moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. However, keep in mind that DST did not officially begin until Germany enforced it in 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during WWI. By 1918, the US officially adopted daylight saving time. Oddly, the practice of shifting clocks an hour forward in the spring and summer has much more impact than just helping to save energy. Studies have shown a slight uptick in heart attacks the day after the time change as well as an increased chance of stroke in the two days following. Not to mention people are less happy and often cranky the week after daylight savings kicks in.
The good news is that there are strategies to help you adjust to the change in a day or less:
Saturday night might seem like the perfect occasion to go out and get a couple of drinks, but you’ll feel the impact long past the hangover when the clocks shift ahead. This is because alcohol actually wakes you up at night and makes it more difficult to sleep like a baby. So do yourself a favor and stick to those mocktails on March 11.
Next, we suggest getting on a consistent sleep schedule. One study found that people who stick to a rigid sleep schedule sleep better immediately following the time change than those who don’t. While there isn't a golden amount of sleep that will leave everyone perfectly rested and energized, most people thrive on 7-9 hours of sleep.
We suggest going to bed and waking up 15 minutes earlier in the four days before daylight saving time begins. By the time the clocks jump an hour ahead you’ll already be fully adjusted.
To supplement this a 20 minute nap may not only help you catch up on lost sleep but also reduce the mental anguish of having an hour of sleep rudely stolen from you.
We hope these tips will help you get through daylight savings time. Keep in mind that while we may be losing an hour of sleep, we are only getting closer to summer. In this spirit, we hope you will find these tips helpful and please let us know how they work out for you.