Why We Follow Daylight Savings Time
Whether you love or hate DST, you might be wondering who’s responsible for this strange modification in the way we track time each year. The truth is that the idea for Daylight Saving came from a British builder named William Willett. After observing that many people were still sleeping during the “best part of a summer day,” Willett wrote a 1907 pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight in which he advocated for turning the clocks ahead an hour during the summer.
Naturally, there were differing opinions on the issue of DST from the outset. While Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and astronomer Robert Ball both supported the measure, one of the biggest proponents was Winston Churchill, who said the quote above in a speech at Guildhall. By the end of World War I, the United States, England, and much of Europe were all utilizing Daylight Saving Time.
The Downside of DST
Not everyone deals well with Daylight Saving Time. While most people adjust to the change in schedule within a few days, other people find that their bodies don’t handle this circadian “misalignment” with ease. As a result, they may suffer a host of negative effects from exhaustion to depression, obesity, and even cardiovascular disease. As DST approaches, it’s worth considering how you can take steps to get more rest this March.
How to Get an Extra Snooze This March
Want to add some Zs into your March routine? Here are some tips for getting plenty of sleep regardless of the time change.
Alter Your Bedtime Routine
A few small changes to your bedtime practices – also known as your sleep hygiene – can have a profound effect on your sleep, health, and wellness. To minimize the impact of the time change, try to avoid drinking stimulants like coffee and alcohol before bed. Although alcohol might make you sleepy initially, over time drinking can impair sleep quality and cause you to wake up throughout the night. It’s also a good idea to turn the thermostat down and keep the lights off. The goal is to create a cool, dark place where you can rest undisturbed.
Wake Up Earlier
While you can’t change the fact that the world is springing ahead an hour, you can take steps to mitigate the shock. For best results, start transitioning your bedtime a few days before March 13th by waking up 15 minutes or so earlier than usual. Doing this may allow for a smoother transition on the big day.
It’s a proven fact that natural light impacts circadian rhythms. If you want to feel less tired during the day, try to get outside. Spending just a few minutes out in the sun can suppress melatonin production and keep you from drifting off in your next big meeting.
Take a (Short) Nap
Of course sometimes it’s impossible to resist the lure of a good mid-day nap. If DST is driving you back to bed, don’t fret. There’s nothing wrong with a siesta, provided you keep it on the short side. For best results, avoid napping for longer than 20 minutes, as this can cause you to wake up feeling groggy. The goal is to keep your nap brief so you wake up relaxed, recharged, and ready to complete the work of the day.
Opt for Egyptian Cotton
If you haven’t upgraded your sheets for awhile, then there’s a good chance bad bedding is responsible for your sleep issues. After all, the wrong sheets can irritate sensitive skin or cause you to wake up in a pool of sweat. For the ultimate in comfort and breathability, consider Pure Parima’s Hira Sheet Set. Exceptionally soft and lustrous, this sateen set comes in fashion-forward shades like Spa, Icy Blue, and Midnight and is sure to help you overcome DST sleep woes.
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