How to Adjust To Daylight Savings Time
1. Prepare in advance
Set the alarm clock 15-30 minutes early a week before the actual time change to slowly adjust your body. Starting the preparation a week ahead will help you catch up with the time change when it happens.
On the Saturday of the time change, go for a brisk morning walk or to the gym if you prefer. Physical activity will release the hormone serotonin, which helps the sleep cycle. Just make sure not to exercise too late in the afternoon or evening, because this can actually have a negative effect on your sleep.
3. Soak up in sunlight
On the Sunday after the time change, try to wake up 10-15 minutes earlier than usual and spend time in the sun, because it signals your body that its day time already and will help you adjust quicker.
4. Limit caffeine & alcohol
Avoid caffeine or alcohol for a few days after the time change. Both have an effect on sleep patterns and its best for you to let your body adjust to the change naturally, on its own.
5. Relax before bedtime
Create a relaxed bedtime routine starting an hour before you go to bed. Taking a hot shower, listening to soothing music or light reading can help your mind relax and this in turn will have a positive effect on your sleep. Avoiding gadgets and other electronic devices, as they tend to distract you and keep you up.
One nice holiday tradition is baking holiday treats with your loved one's. Here is a simple recipe for you that leaves room for a lot of different decorations after baking. Enjoy!
Simple Cookies (for ~ 140 small cookies)
- 4 cups of white flour (if possible, organic and unbleached)
- 1 Tbsp of baking powder
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs (if possible, organic & vegetarian fed)
- 2 sticks of butter, softened at room temperature
- up to 5 Tbsp of water
- Optional: Anything you like to decorate the cookies such as chocolate, pearls, sprinkles, food color...
Preheat the oven to 325°. Start by sifting the flour and baking powder together in a bowl. Add all other ingredients and mix until it becomes an even dough. Form a ball and then roll it out with a rolling pin. Cut out cookies with your favorite cookie cutter shapes and bake at 320° for 10 Minutes. Decorate to your heart’s content and enjoy!