9 Effective Ways to Cope With Daylight Savings Time

9 Effective Ways to Cope With Daylight Savings Time

Whether it's spring forward or fall back, DST can seriously mess with you.


At the time of writing, I am extremely tired. I am not a person who adjusts to a time change well, even if it is slight. I forgot to set my alarm forward for daylight savings time and suffered the consequences. And that's not to mention the hour of sleep we lost. Also considering the amount of sleep I will be having this week, I probably should have taken some precautions. If you are like me, here are some methods to cope with DST in the future.

Set Your Alarm Friday Night, Not On Saturday


One method I have to try to make sure I can adjust easier to DST next time is to set my alarm correctly a night before the change, so I can have extra time to adjust to a modified sleep cycle.

Exercise A Few Hours Before Bed


If on the Sunday after a time change you are not feeling very tired when it nears your bedtime, take a walk or run outside . and tire yourself out; this way you can ensure you are tired when it hits your usual bedtime and you can go to bed easier.

Limit All Light


This tip applies to all scenarios, but light can mess up your circadian rhythm, or your body's biological clock. Wherever there is light, melatonin, or the sleep-inducing hormone, will not be produced. So you might want to reduce screen time and outside light exposure if you have trouble sleeping at an earlier time.

Stick To Water


This goes without saying, but drinks other than water can mess up your sleep schedule more than DST is already going to. Water is your best chance at maintaining a solid sleep schedule. If you really crave something other than water, find something without alcohol or caffeine, but definitely do not drink Red Bull.

Go To Bed Earlier/Later Than Usual on DST Change Night

In the spring, sleeping an hour earlier can help you adjust a lot easier than normal. The same goes for sleeping an hour later in the fall, but some people enjoy that feeling of extra refreshment with one more hour of sleep.

Start Going To Bed Early Before A DST Change


This tip is mainly for the DST change in the spring, because the loss of one hour of sleep may be hard to adjust to. If you start preparing a few days early, you'll have no problem adjusting, because practice makes perfect.

Don't Nap Before A DST Change

You may not need to nap, but sleep-deprived people and many others need them to get through a day. However, napping also messes with your sleep schedule often, and it does not help if DST is starting or ending the night of your nap. Your best bet is to hold off on napping until after DST to ensure you can get back into rhythm.

Take Melatonin If You Really Need It


If you really struggle to sleep and Daylight Savings makes it even harder for you, you might want to consider taking melatonin. Melatonin is the natural substance used by your body to induce sleep, and administering it will cause this same effect. You can find this drug OTC pretty much anywhere with a pharmacy.

Stay Extremely Cautious On The Roads


This tip has less to do with avoiding sleep deprivation, but more to do with safety. Studies show that in the days following DST, there is an increase in car accidents. While it is always important to be cautious, exercise extreme caution after DST changes.

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.

Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.


A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?


Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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