As a child, I always hated it when we had to "spring forward". My family always went to church, so having to wake up early was just a drag. My parents liked to do the early 8AM service too. That meant that I had to wake up just as early as if I was going off to school for the day. Then after church we always had a family lunch, followed by choir practice and youth group. That left for a very busy day with no time to nap.
There was one year that daylight saving time happened on the very same Sunday as Easter. That meant we lost an hour when we had to be up at 4AM for our church's Sunrise service. I just remember sitting outside at the park for the service...it was freezing and everyone was exhausted.
Now, as an adult, spring forward is my favorite time of year. It means the day will appear to be longer and when I get off work they'll be loads of sunshine left. This morning, I woke up at 6AM with the sunlight peaking it's way through my curtains. It's nice that that'll be pushed back another hour so I can hibernate in the cold before we warm up for the summer.
Here are some tips from Dr. Kelly Brown with the Vanderbilt Department of Neurology on how to avoid that jet lag type feeling you can sometimes get when we change our clocks
- Try not to stay up later than normal
- Go to bed early on Saturday night
- Avoid alcohol since it can disrupt your sleep schedule
- Spend as much time outside as possible -- the sunlight actually causes your brain to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that helps you fall asleep