Start Getting Ready to Spring Forward

On Sunday, we spring forward! I like the longer days, but as an early riser, I always stress over the initial loss of an hour’s sleep. (When your alarm goes off at 4:24 a.m., losing 60 minutes is a big deal!) I found some information that might help, and I’ll share that shortly.

But first, if you’re like me, you’re a little surprised that the time change is already here. Congress actually changed daylight saving time with the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time was extended one month and begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the Second Sunday in March and lasts until 2 a.m. on the First Sunday of November.

From WebMd, here are some tips from sleep medicine doctors on getting ready for daylight saving time:

  1. Move up your bedtime and wake time, little by little, in the days leading up to daylight saving time, so you’re already adjusted when the time changes. For me, I’m going to go to bed 10 minutes earlier and get up five minutes earlier each day between today and Saturday.
  2. Expose yourself to light — ideally, sunlight — as early as you can. That can help reset your body’s internal clock.
  3. Avoid evening light. Daylight saving time will shift your bedtime an hour earlier than you’re used to, so keep your evenings dark.
  4. Get your daily physical activity before 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., because exercise late in the day will tend to delay sleep time.
  5. Don’t nap. Napping might undercut your efforts to get to sleep on time.
  6. Give it time. Adjusting to daylight saving time generally takes only a day or two.

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