Daylight Savings 2018

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Jackalyn Diaz, Helix Life Editor

It’s that time of the year where we have to set our clocks (that aren’t on a smart device) ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday. And YES, it is the one where we lose an hour of sleep,  but don’t sweat it, we get a extra hour of sunlight.

Although Daylight Savings may not be the most exciting day on your calendar, however it’s celebrating it 100th birthday!

It was originally established by the government to save coal during World War One in the spring of 1918, and was originally only meant to be during wartime.

The practice technically did end; however it was still being used in some regions until the government eventually put the measure back in place in 1966.

The next major change in Daylight Savings came in 2007, when the Department of Transportation (DOT), which actually happens to be in charge of the practice expanded Daylight Savings to take place for 65% of the year.   

According to Fast Company, The “spring” into Daylight Savings time can lead to two main problems:

  1. Increased sleep latency (difficulty falling asleep)
  2. Increased sleep fragmentation (trouble staying asleep and achieving deep sleep) for up to a week after the transition  

The good news is that there are a few tricks to help ease the transition.

  1. Cut the caffeine in the afternoon: Caffeine increases sleep fragmentation, so limiting caffeine intake would be ideal.
  2. Meditation : try adding a 30 minute routine to wind down before bed to calm your nervous system. Just sit still and bring a gentle awareness to your breathing without trying to force of change in your breath.
  3. Avoid electronics after dinner: smartphones and televisions have been found to reduce meltalion (the sleep hormone that tells the brain it’s time for bed). So turn off the electronics and go to bed earlier or read a book, or go for a walk.
  4. Herbal tea: try brewing a cup of herbal tea with a blend of nervous system–calming ingredients like passion flower, catnip, hops, oat flower, valerian, or lemon balm. These can all help your brain kick into a state of rest .