On March 10th, at 2:00 am, the clocks will spring forward 1 hour to start Daylight Saving Time. Although most clocks, phones and digital watches will automatically change to reflect the new time, don’t forget to change your analog clocks, as well as those found on your appliances and in your car. Springing forward one hour means we will lose an hour of sleep. According to the Cleveland Clinic, it can take our bodies about a week to fully adjust to the new time. Here are a few tips to make adjusting to the new time a little easier:
- Go to sleep a little earlier than usual to help your body adjust to the time change.
- Don’t forget to set your alarms, as your body’s clock may be a bit off.
- Try to maintain your daily schedule as best as possible by staying consistent with your eating, exercising, bed and social times.
- Try to cut your caffeine intake in the afternoon and evening to help you fall asleep quicker.
- Be sure to stay alert on the roads, as many other drivers may be adjusting to the time change as well. Car accidents can be increased due to sleep deprivation.
We hope these tips will assist you in making a smooth transition into the new time. As always, Daylight Saving Time serves as a great reminder to check and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Daylight Saving Time officially ends Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:00 am.
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