Tips for Adjusting to Time Changes

Don’t lose sleep over changes in your schedule or things like Daylight Saving Time – follow these tips to stay well rested!

When you go from third shift to first shift, or a night schedule to a day schedule, it can wreak havoc on your energy level during the adjustment period.  Plus, it’s that time of year again— Daylight Saving Time. If you’re like most people, you dread losing that hour of sleep every spring. These are two key examples of time changes that can affect your efficiency. We at KB Staffing wish we could tell you there’s an easy solution like taking a day off to catch up on sleep, but unfortunately, there is still work to do! Since most people can’t take a day off, we’ll give you the next best thing— some advice on handling changes to your schedule with ease.

  • Get enough sleep. This can sometimes be tough advice to follow, but it’s important. Make sure you are getting enough sleep, a minimum of seven hours for grown adults. That might mean you have to start your bed time routine earlier, but if you do, you won’t regret it.
  • Go to bed earlier so your body can adjust. To add to our first point, the most logical way to adjust during changes in schedule is to go to bed earlier. Even if you only lay down 15-30 minutes earlier each night for two weeks, you’ll soon feel completely rested and adjusted.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol and caffeine can negatively impact your sleep patterns, so it’s best to avoid them before bedtime.
  • Be light sensitive. Light is your body’s primary cue for when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to be awake. Try to expose yourself to the morning light, and then avoid light at night. If you have to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night, install a nightlight in the bathroom so you don’t need to turn on a bright ligh.
  • Use good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene refers to the habits you create to encourage good sleep at night. Some examples include: exercise a few hours before you go to bed, take a hot bath or shower in the evening, or where earplugs and a sleep mask.

We hope these tips help you to get a good night’s sleep while you’re adjusting to a time change in your schedule. And remember, when you are looking for Polk County jobs, whether long-term temp jobs or temp-to-hire jobs, KB Staffing has your back. Just check our website for current listings, or share your resume with us at our online application portal and you’re sure to find something that suits you.

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