This weekend, a unique opportunity awaits if you’ve been trying to create a habit of rising earlier. It’s time to “Fall Back” when Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday November 6 at 2am ET. For many people, this means enjoying that elusive extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. It gets darker earlier starting Sunday evening, as we “gain” the extra hour of light in the morning. Days continue to shorten until the winter Solstice on December 21st.
Returning to standard time can be a huge opportunity if you’re trying to arise earlier in the morning. What will you do with that extra hour? It can be an ideal time for health promoting practices like meditation, yoga, and breathing.
Instead of using the extra hour to catch up on your sleep, get up at your typical time on Sunday. If you usually awaken at 7:30am, it will actually be 6:30am "new time". Stick with that time and receive the gift of an entire extra hour every single day. What will you do with an extraordinary 7 hours a week, and 30 hours in a month! If we look at it as “found” time, it means you can rush less, take more time to do things that are important to you, and more taking care of yourself.
If you continue to go to sleep at the same time as before "Fall Back", this strategy won’t be effective, because you’ll be trying to get by on an hour less sleep. Instead, start your evening routine on the earlier side as well. This will be easier over the next few days around the time change, because you’ll be tired earlier. The earlier sunset will be a cue to your body that it’s time to start winding down. Stay in tune, and listen to your body’s messages.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and just do your best, Instead of resisting your body’s messages, honor them, and go to sleep at what was your “old” bedtime (before the time change) as best you can. And instead of sleeping the hour away Sunday morning, use the hour for something you really enjoy!