After a few long months of cold temperatures, snowy days, and 5PM sunsets, spring is finally in the foreseeable future. It's March, which means that in a few weeks, we'll be noticing little flowers peaking out of the ground and maybe even some cherry blossoms on the trees. The sun will set later and we'll all enjoy some much needed daylight instead of what feels like never-ending darkness. But, unfortunately, this comes with some negatives as well: namely Daylight Saving Time. Sure, it means extra sunlight, but springing forward also means we lose an hour on Mar. 8, which means we'll be extra sleepy in the days following. But it doesn't have to be as bad as it seems - you can make things better. There are just some little things that can ruin your chances of a good night's sleep during Daylight Saving Time that need to be avoided.
Daylight Saving Time is comparable to jet lag: it throws off your body's internal clock, and that affects how much melatonin is being released into your system. Melatonin is the hormone your body produces that helps determine when you're ready to start feeling sleepy. When something messes with your melatonin production, you can be left feeling extra groggy. On top of that, springing forward means that there is less sunlight in the morning and more at night - and that change can throw you off as well.
Here are a few things that are ruining your chances of actually getting some sleep during this time: