Springing forward

Most of North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m.

Most places in North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m. (The UK and Europe will follow in a couple of weeks.)

Being from Arizona I never had to do this until I moved to Oregon in 1997. And initially I had no issues with the time change.

It’s different now and has been for some time.

I hate changing time. Yes, it is only one hour. But whether we are Springing Forward or Falling Back it completely messes me up.

If I have time tomorrow I would like to take the 6 p.m. Restorative yoga class. I think that will really help me sleep better tomorrow night.

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

This is my advice on how to deal with the time change:

  • Don’t go to bed too late tonight.
  • Make sure you have breakfast tomorrow.
  • Try not to eat a lot of crap. Stick to fruits and veggies as snacks instead of sugary or salty foods.
  • Drinks lots of water tomorrow (but also today and always).
  • Exercise. (I will be going to my regular yoga class tomorrow morning. Even going for a walk will be helpful.)
  • Keep up the exercise throughout the week, especially on Monday. It will be tough, but well worth it.
  • If you do nap tomorrow (I love my weekend naps), don’t nap too late.
  • If caffeine really affects you (doesn’t really for me) maybe cut back tomorrow and definitely don’t have it too late in the day.
  • Try to start winding your day down an hour before you go to bed. If you normally go to bed around 10, then at 9 make sure you are done for the day and ready for Monday’s workday. Do something relaxing for that hour: read a book, knit, lounge.
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