INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - Many of us are waking up a little groggy - perhaps even grouchy - after losing an hour of sleep on Saturday night due to Daylight Saving Time.
Experts recommend a variety of ways to prepare for the loss the day before, like going to bed early, minimizing screen time and cutting down on caffeine. But if you didn't do those things, you're not alone and we're here to help you make it through the day!
One idea is to have a hearty breakfast that includes more protein than carbohydrates. You may be tempted to reach for something sugary to put some pep in your step, but that could also cause you to crash quicker afterward.
Another suggestion is to avoid taking naps, unless you feel like you can't possibly keep your eyes open a moment longer. Naps can throw off your sleep schedule even more. If you must get a little shut-eye, experts encourage you to stick to about 15-20 minutes, so you won't start a full sleep cycle.
To go along with that, research shows that adding exercise can give you a boost of energy. You can do something as simple as going for a short walk around the office or your home to get your blood flowing.
And it may also be a good idea to skip the glass of wine before bed. Some people think it helps them fall asleep faster, but in reality, it may mess up your sleep schedule even more. That's because even though a drink may make you drowsy, your body will start processing the alcohol as a stimulant about halfway through the night, which could make you wake back up.
Keep in mind that it could take about a week for your body to fully adjust to Daylight Saving Time.