Ready or not, daylight saving time is coming. This Sunday, March 12th, we “spring forward” by moving the clocks an hour ahead. Of course, that means we get to lose an hour of sleep! There has been heavy debate about Florida sticking with DST, and never "falling back" anymore.
Early on in the time change, it will be nice to have some extra daylight in the evenings. But those dark mornings leave me feeling like I'm waking up in the middle of the night.
The thing is, daylight saving time disrupts our internal clock, which can lead to sleep loss and poor sleep quality, and that can lead to negative health consequences. Sleep experts agree that our circadian rhythm does best in standard time, when we get more light in the morning and darkness in the evening, which cues our internal clock to wind down.
So now is the time to start preparing for the change. According to Forbes, these things can help soften the shock to your system:
- Go to sleep an hour or so earlier on Saturday, March 11th.
- Skip that nightcap or heavy late-night snack before going to bed.
- Re-set the clocks for your kids a day or two before Saturday, and make sure that you start the “new” wake-up time on Sunday.
- Turn bright lights and screens off an hour or two before bedtime, which is a good practice for all nights.
- Get some sunlight on your face as early as you can.
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