The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Daylight Savings Time Edition

The clock shift in the spring is almost always difficult on our family. However, this year showed us a great little trick that really helped with the switch.

It turned out that Sunday – the day after our clocks moved forward an hour – was a really nice day outside. We spent quite a few hours outside during the day. I did about an hour’s worth of yard work that involved lifting some heavy things outside in the bright sun, plus we went on a pretty long family walk. Later in the day, I did another hour’s worth of outside activities.

By about 9:30 PM, I was really tired, so I went to bed earlier than I usually would. That was the effect of being outside so much, I’m sure. A lot of sunlight in the early spring after a long, cold winter means a giant shot of Vitamin D for your system, which can make you sleepy.

The result is that I haven’t struggled with the time shift much at all. My children haven’t struggled either – they got a ton of outdoor time on Sunday.

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