4 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Daylight Saving Time

Mar 7 • 2017

When it’s time for the clocks to “spring forward”, we’re often excited for longer-lasting daylight and the promise of warmer weather around the corner. But Daylight Saving Time can have a big impact on our sleep schedule. Wondering how to adjust to the time change? Keep these tips in mind to make losing that hour of sleep as easy as possible – for you and your family.

Start Adjusting Today

The best way to get your body ready for the time change is to adjust your sleep schedule a little bit at a time – beginning now. Start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each night and have your children do the same. It might not seem like a big difference, but it will help your body prepare and feel more well-rested when Sunday, March 12th comes along.

Set Aside Time for Exercise

Working out during the day is important for your overall health in general, but also helps you sleep better. Try to get in at least half an hour of moderate exercise at least three times each week to improve your quality of sleep – but avoid working out close to your usual bedtime.

Skip Caffeine and Alcohol

Many people struggle with falling asleep because they don’t realize the impact that alcohol and caffeine can have on the body – even several hours after consumption. While coffee and soda are obvious sources of caffeine, things like chocolate, tea, and even some medications also contain it. When preparing for Daylight Saving Time specifically, it’s recommended to stop consuming any caffeine or alcohol after 1:30pm for the entire week.

Get Up and Going on Sunday

It might be tempting to spend more time in bed on Sunday morning, especially if you feel like you didn’t get a good night’s sleep. Instead, get up at your usual time to force your body to adjust to the time change. If weather permits, get outside and enjoy the sunshine. Go for a walk to enjoy the later hours of light, but keep exercise modest.

If you find that you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, consider keeping a sleep diary. You are also encouraged to make an appointment with one of our specialists to determine if you could be affected by a sleep disorder.