Saturday 8 March 2014

Spring forward!

This weekend the clocks move ahead—giving us an extra hour of daylight. Hurray! It’s one of the first signs that spring is just around the corner. Considering how COLD the last few weeks have been, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. (Plus, I heard the temperature is going to warm up next week!)

But “springing forward” also means we lose an hour of sleep. Ugh. Hey, don’t judge. I’m just like any other kid — sleep is VITAL. Right?

My Dad says any “consequences” from losing an hour of sleep are all in my head, but I looked it up. That hour difference can really shake up your internal body clock. Good thing there are some things you can do to minimize the effects.

It’s too late to start pushing back your sleep schedule by 10-15 minutes (that’s how astronauts prepare for space travel), but I did go to bed a bit earlier last night.

Tomorrow, I’ll get up early—no sleeping in! I’ll eat a good breakfast and go to the gym for an hour or so. Not too late though. I read an article that said you shouldn’t work out at least three hours before bed, especially right before daylight savings time.

On Sunday, I’ll wake up early again and have a great breakfast. If it’s warm out, I’ll go for a walk because apparently bright light helps regulate your body’s internal clock. Who knew?

And no matter WHAT, I will not nap on Sunday. That, my friends, may be the hardest rule of them all. <groan>

Are you excited about Daylight Savings Time? What ideas do you have to make the most of your (limited!) sleep time this weekend?

Gotta jet!

— Chase Superman Duffy

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