Daylight Savings begins March 14, 2021, so be sure to set your watch forward one hour Saturday night. Many Americans welcome this time to gain an extra hour of sunlight in the evenings, but it comes at a price - less sleep! Not only does waking up an hour earlier sound horrid, but it can actually affect your overall health. Below are a few tips to help you ease into Daylight Savings and to help cope with the aftermath.
Make Gradual Shifts
About a week before "springing forward," wake up 10 minutes to 15 minutes earlier daily. This helps your body slowly adjust.
Limit Caffeine and Alcohol Consumption
I'm not saying you can't indulge, but caffeine and alcohol both interfere with your sleep cycle. So for a day or two before the time changes, limit your intake.
Take it Easy on the Weekend
Try to go to bed a little early so that you can get extra sleep on Friday and Saturday.
Keep your Bedroom a Refuge
Don't tackle any complicated tasks an hour before bed. A bedroom is for sleeping, not watching TV or doing challenging tasks. Slip into some comfortable jammies and get some shut eye.