Saying Goodbye to Daylight Saving Time
Schneck Medical Center - October 28, 2020
Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the societal practice of turning our clocks back one hour in the spring, and forward one hour in the fall, to take advantage of daylight. Each year in March or April we "spring ahead," losing an hour of sleep but "gaining" daylight; in November or December we "fall back," gaining an hour of sleep and "losing" daylight.

This year, DST ends at 2 AM on Sunday, November 1. The good news is that we will be turning our clocks back and gaining an hour of sleep. But this disruption in our sleep cycle can still take some getting used to. Here are four simple tips for transitioning out of DST.

1. Set your clocks the night before

Before you go to sleep on October 31 (Halloween), set all your manual clocks and watches back one hour. This may include clocks on your microwave, stove, and most alarm clocks.
Thankfully, your smartphone should make this adjustment automatically! But to save yourself any surprises on November 1, be sure to manually change your other clocks.

2. Plan ahead

Adjusting your clocks is important, but there are additional ways you can plan ahead for DST transitions. Give yourself plenty of time to wind down the evening before, improving your chances of a deep night's sleep despite the time change. Consider leaving space in your calendar the following day, in case you need to "catch up."
If you have younger kids participating in Halloween celebrations, ensure the same for them. And be careful not to eat too much candy before bed!

3. Consider adjusting your bedtime

Sleep is important. We generally celebrate the time change when DST ends because we gain an hour of sleep, but the change could still affect how you feel the next day.
Consider going to bed later or waking up a bit earlier than usual to compensate. Most of us could stand to benefit from a little extra sleep, however. So make the most of it!

4. Stick to routine

Perhaps the safest approach to transitioning into or out of DST is to stick to your usual bedtime routine. Our routines train our minds and bodies. Repeating your routine the evening before and the morning of November 1 may help offset some of the unpleasant effects of the transition.
If you can, wake up and start your day the same way you did the week before. But, of course, enjoy a bit of extra sleep if you can.
 
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