As the annual evacuation of North Texas gets underway this weekend due to spring break, its timing is just perfect. With Daylight Saving Time starting at 2 a.m. on Sunday, the “loss” of an hour won’t be so very hard to bear for those on holiday.
On the other hand, those trying to adjust their circadian clock to the time change will just try to bravely make the best of it. Since some folks get downright cranky transitioning to the time change, take things a little easier. For instance, don’t schedule any important meetings until Wednesday.
- Start moving your internal clock ahead before Sunday.
- Cut down on the caffeine intake.
- Eat light dinners.
- Avoid the usual nightcap.
- Don’t sleep in on Sunday, but take a 20-minute nap in the afternoon if you’re tired.
- For those taking care of Alzheimer’s patients, who experience “sundowning,” have them “get plenty of rest, reduce stimulation during the evening hours and keep the home well-lit in the evening and early morning.”
If you are planning on attending church services Sunday, make sure to set your alarm ahead before going to sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be arriving as the congregation is leaving.
Also, remember that your pets haven’t gotten the memo about the time change and may be confused why you’re getting up earlier than usual and returning home while the sun is still shining. However, take advantage of the extra sunlight and take your pooches for a longer-than-usual stroll.