Remember: It’s time to spring forward
Published 1:08 am Saturday, March 11, 2017
Don’t forget to reset your clocks before you go to bed tonight.
Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a.m., Sunday morning.
DST was implemented roughly 100 years ago, but conceived much earlier than that.
Today, DST is in use in more than 70 countries around the world, and affects about one billion people.
Some tips to adjust to the time difference includes:
- Gradually transitioning into the time change by going to be earlier before the time change;
- Sleepy? Take a quick nap. If you feel sleepy after the change to Daylight Saving Time, take a short nap in the afternoon, but no more than 20 minutes long;
- Commit to getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep each and every night.
- Make sleep a priority by keeping consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on the weekend;
- Exercise during the day. Even moderate exercise, such as walking, can help you sleep better. Just make sure not to work out within two hours of bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed. Smokers should also avoid tobacco before bed, as it can lead to poor sleep.
- Eat light at night. Finish eating at least two or three hours before bed. Eating too close to bedtime can interfere with sleep quality.
- Relax before bed. Create a bedtime ritual that is relaxing. Experts recommend reading a book, listening to music or soaking in a hot bath or shower.
- Create a sleep sanctuary. Transform your room into a haven of comfort and relaxation by creating a sleep sanctuary. Make sure your room is cool, quiet and free of distraction for the best possible sleep.
- Evaluate your mattress and pillows. Evaluate your mattress and pillows for proper comfort and support. If your mattress is seven years old or older, it may be time for a new one. In general, pillows should be replaced every year.
Daylight Savings Time will end Sun., Nov. 5 in the U.S.