Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Time Travel Is Tiring Redux

Time change at the start of Daylight Saving TimeImage via Wikipedia
Ugh, can it be that time of year again? I mean so soon? Didn't we just get an hour back a few months ago and now we have to give it back? Sigh.

Amidst my sleep deprivation in these last 48 hours, I vaguely remembered that I wrote a post about my time traveling woes about this time last year. I found it and discovered that I clearly forgot about my plan to try and treat the switch to daylight savings time like a special event:

Next time we move the hands on the clock forward or backward, I need to plan to take a week off to adjust. A week to just stay close to home, rest and relax, rent my favorite futuristic movies from Netflix and start my own private bi-annual sci-fi marathon.
Instead I blundered and scheduled another special event to occur concurrently with the time change. Can I blame it on fibro-fog?

So to avoid another mistake like this, I am adding the time change to all my calendars: highlighted and circled in
red. Then I'm adding a note with these time change tips courtesy of USA Today:
  1. Plan to go to bed and get up 30 minutes earlier for several days before the time change.
  2. Get outside and soak up more sunlight in the days before and after the time change to help reset my circadian clock.
  3. Limit naps to 30 minutes during this transition time.
  4. Make sure to add more warm baths and soothing music to my bedtime routine the week before and the week after the time change.
This is good advice I discovered too late to try this time around. But lucky for me, there will be a whole bunch of next times for me to practice implementing this advice until I learn how to time traveling in a fibro-friendly way.

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It's A Beautiful Day Even With A Chronic Illness said...

I'm Telling You I think The time change is just for the dogs, has my system all out of whack.

Have A Beautiful Day.

Susan said...

Yeah, the time change is just terrible. Some states don't use it at all and I think it would be great if all of us would just rule it out.

One year, my son and I decided to not turn the clocks at all. We kept ourselves off daylight savings time. We homeschooled so it was a bit more easy. We just made it seem like everyone had changed their times for opening things and scheduling things and we went right on happy as clams. I think I may go back to that now. ;-)

I hope you'll feel better from the time change soon. It is horrible to try and adjust to.


Emily said...

I think we need to lobby against the time change to our President! It's amazing how just one hour can throw everyone off, not just sick people.

It's really hard on the kids too.

At this point, I see no reason for changing the clocks any more, it is so ridiculous!

Headstrong said...

HATE the time change - and being the root of abandoning my own best laid plans! Hope you've got yourself some lovely rest and a few good movie viewings since. Best to you!