Daylight Saving Time: How to Adjust to the Extra Hour

The end of Daylight Saving Time has altered our schedules this past weekend, and while some of us look forward to an extra hour of snoozing, others have trouble adjusting to the time change. Whether you’re feeling refreshed or not, these three tips can help you “fall back” with ease, or whenever you’re feeling sleep-deprived. 

Adjust Your Bedtime 

Getting up and going about your day an hour earlier after the time change can help you adjust to an earlier schedule of sleep. Resisting the urge to sleep in — especially on the first Sunday after the clocks are turned back — and keeping your normal bedtime the night before can keep you feeling rested.  

Dim Your Electronics 

Since artificial lighting has proven to suppress the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin, dimming screen lights from electronics — such as on your phone or tablet — can be helpful in adjusting to the time change. Using features such as night shift mode to minimize blue light in the evening can be helpful, too. 

Keep Your Bedroom Dark and Cool 

According to research done by the National Sleep Foundation, 65 degrees is an ideal temperature to sleep in. Simply put, your bedroom should be like a cave: dark and cool. During the day, your body temperature rises and at night, it falls. If the air in your bedroom is too hot at night, it can interfere with your body’s natural dip and make you restless. 

If all else fails, consider packing up and moving to Arizona or Hawaii! Those two states don’t believe in Daylight Saving Time (and they may be onto something). 

Sweet dreams! 

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