Don’t Fall Back! Tips to Stay Energized During Daylight Savings…
We know hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock is tempting—especially during Daylight Savings. But just because the days are short doesn’t mean your energy levels should be too. Fight the urge to hibernate with these simple tips to kick-start the day and help boost your drive.
Shut it down.
Electronic devices—everything from a smartphone to a desktop computer—will ruin your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. The reason for this nighttime nuisance is the self-illuminating “backlit” screen that lowers melatonin levels, the feel-good hormone that puts our bodies to rest. To maintain the body’s melatonin levels, use a blue-light minimizing product for your iPhone or iPad, such as Zzz line of filters. $35 – $54, lowbluelights.com.
Get an app for that!
Rise gingerly with the help of two iPhone apps meant to prevent tiredness by waking users during their lightest sleep cycle. Sleep Time is a bio-alarm clock that uses the iPhone’s movement sensor to detect when the person is in a light sleep—body movements occur in shorter intervals than during deep sleep—and adjusts the wake-up time accordingly. Total Awake detects different stages of the sleep cycle and even generates a monthly report. The catch here is that the app must be placed on the mattress next to you. $.99 – $1.99, iTunes.
Get some Zs.
Preempt lower energy levels and the common cold by switching regular caffeine intake with a zinc supplement. A daily dose of zinc, which is clinically proven to boost energy levels and immunity, makes for happy, healthy people during Daylight Savings. Plus, zinc also helps regulate the production of mood-elevating dopamine. Cold-EEZE, an over-the-counter zinc lozenge, can be taken during both daytime and nighttime to up your levels. $11.99, coldeeze.com.
Refuel with purpose.
Vitamin B12 is nature’s natural energy booster, as it increases the speed of metabolism and helps our bodies better obtain energy from the foods we eat. Unfortunately, it’s not abundant in sweets, which are also a guaranteed pick-me-up. SNAP Infusion brings together the best of both with SUPERCANDY, a sweet snack packed with vitamin B to boost energy, as well as antioxidants and electrolytes. SNAP is sold online by the dozen. $23.88, snapinfusion.com.