A great piece from Business 2 Community (B2C) written by Jen Cohen. “Daylight Savings Can Hurt Your Productivity” talks about getting your energy back after losing an hour. Here are Jen’s tips that might just help you get over the hump:
Use light. Since the daylight hours will be changing a bit, your body needs to adjust. Help speed this adjustment by using your own “light therapy” techniques. During daylight hours, exposure yourself to the sunlight (or other light sources if the sun isn’t out) as much as possible. During the evening hours, avoid bright lights by using dimmed lights and even avoiding turning on the bathroom lights at night if you have to get up.
Catch up when you can. According to the same survey, 29 percent of adults say that it takes a full week to recover. Sometimes this recovery requires impromptu naps or grabbing an extra hour or two of shut-eye the weekend after. Either way, find opportunities to get that sleep back if you are feeling overtired and don’t let it drag on for more than 5-7 days.
Take it all in stride. Although you may feel a bit more sluggish on Monday morning, be extra careful when commuting into work and opt for an extra cup of coffee instead of other sleep/awake drugs that may further alter your mood. Know that this too, shall pass.
Thanks Jen, we will be sure to put them to use.