Provided by BOCS Chair Ann Wheeler’s Office
On Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 a.m., Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins, and clocks move forward one hour. (If you have family or friends in Arizona or Hawaii, those states don’t move to DST.) To make the help your body make the adjustment, the Farmer’s Almanac suggests the tips below to help your body adjust.
Farmer’s Almanac Tips for Adjusting to a Time Change
- While it’s tempting to stay up later or change your habits, it’s best to keep your bedtimes consistent. Strive to get at least seven hours of sleep on the day(s) before and after the transition.
- In the days after the time change, quit caffeinated beverages four to six hours before bedtime, avoid alcohol in the evening, and If you are exercising, avoid workouts within four hours of bedtime.
- On the days around the time change, eat at the same time or even eat a little early. To ease the transition, shift your mealtime forward 15 minutes for a few days in a row.
- Go outside and get exposure to morning sunlight on the Sunday after the time change to help regulate your internal clock. Continue to take time to in the morning to walk outside when the sun is out.
- If you’re starting to stack up sleepless hours, it’s safer and healthier for your body to give in to a short nap (no more than 20 minutes) than to continue without sleep.