Skye Sonnega | Apr 04, 2023
Daylight Savings Tips: 5 Ways to Ease the Transition
You’ve made it this far - the coldest, darkest days of the year are almost over! As the weather starts to become mild and birds begin to chirp, you may find yourself prepping for the daylight savings transition.
In the spring, we set our clocks ahead and lose an hour of sleep. Days grow longer, and shorts-weather is imminent. But, the daylight savings transition isn’t always easy. Even though the clock only shifts one hour, this can cause disruptions in sleep, which can ultimately affect your body, health, and psyche.
The good news? There are simple and effective steps you can take to prepare for this transition. To set yourself up for success this year, check out our best daylight savings tips to try. Let’s dive in!
1. Make Gradual Adjustments in Your Sleep Schedule
We get it, preparing for daylight savings in advance can seem almost impossible. It’s perfectly normal for it to pop up on your calendar without warning. But if you’re here, that means you’re ready to get ahead of it!
By planning at least a week ahead and gradually adjusting your sleep schedule, you can ensure that when the clock moves forward, that full hour shift won’t feel as significant. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) suggests going to bed 15-20 minutes earlier each night in the week leading up to daylight savings. So, set your phone down, get off Tik Tok, and get those precious zzz’s!
2. Avoid Caffeine in the Afternoon and Evening
While going to bed slightly earlier can help with the daylight savings adjustment, it’s important to get a good night’s rest. Nutrition and caffeine can greatly affect the way we sleep. Start your morning off strong with a warm cup of joe using the BrüMate Toddy 22oz. This versatile insulated mug will keep your drink fresh from the first sip to the last, and features a 100% leak proof locking lid, perfect for on-the-go. When you need a pick-me-up in the afternoon, consider trading out an extra cup of coffee for an infused water, and eating well-balanced meals.
To create delicious and nutritious infused water recipes, we love to use the BrüMate MultiShaker 26oz. This innovative insulated shaker bottle includes a built-in agitator that doubles as an infuser. Plus, you can use it for more than infused water! Shake up your protein shakes, smoothies, collagen beverages and more for a tasty and healthy coffee alternative.
Related Reading: How to Use the BrüMate MultiShaker
3. Prioritize Daylight in the Morning
News flash: the sun can affect your sleep! Your body is set on a circadian clock that helps set your sleep/wake cycles. At certain times during the cycle, your body is more sensitive to light which can affect your energy, mood, and stress levels.
Not prioritizing outside time, especially before and after daylight savings, can negatively affect your energy balance during the day. Studies recommend getting your daily dose of sunlight within the first hour after you wake up. Roll out of bed, brush your teeth, and get a nice walk in before getting started with your day!
4. Create a Bedtime Routine That Supports Sleep
There are so many different factors that can prevent us from falling asleep or staying asleep. If you’re having trouble falling asleep or getting enough sleep during daylight savings, the first step is not to panic. This is perfectly normal, and there are many others dealing with the exact same thing! Creating a calming bedtime routine can help you get the quality beauty sleep you need. Here are some steps we recommend taking:
Avoid screen-time at least an hour before bed. Instead, consider picking up a book you’ve been meaning to read, or doing some journaling
Practice breathing and mindfulness exercises before bed to de-stress.
Tap into aromatherapy by using essential oils before bedtime.
Take a warm bath to relax.
Set a bedtime, and stick to it!
5. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration can negatively affect quality of sleep, which can make the daylight savings transition that much harder. Drink water throughout the day, and keep a glass or bottle beside your bed to quench your thirst.
Dragging your feet to stay hydrated? Treat yourself to a new water bottle during the daylight savings season. The BrüMate ReHydration water bottle is 25oz, and is fully insulated to keep your water crisp and cool from the first sip to the last. With its 100% leak proof lid, you can easily bring this bottle along wherever you go, including to bed!
Prepare For Longer Days With BrüMate!
There’s no need to dread daylight savings! With these tips and tricks, we know you’ll handle the transition with ease. To make daylight savings a little more exciting, treat yourself to a new tumbler or water bottle. Check out our best sellers to get started, or visit our Instagram to find recipes, life hacks, and more!