Preparing for Daylights Saving Time

Preparing for Daylights Saving Time

It's almost time to fall back one hour. Daylight saving time will end the morning of November 3 and that means setting your clocks back.
It's almost time to fall back one hour.  Daylight saving time will end the morning of November 3 and that means setting your clocks back. 

Although gaining an hour seems like a good way to get more rest, the change of time does affect your sleep patterns. 

How can you prepare for the time change? 

Sleep experts say, although it's easier for you to gain an hour than to lose it, it doesn't mean your inner body clock, or circadian rhythms aren't affected.  There are ways you can reset your sleep patterns and prepare for the change before daylight saving time ends.  That way your sleep won't be interrupted.

Doctors recommend you modify your schedule early. Do this about a week before the change.  Set your clocks an hour behind and try to ease into the new sleep pattern.

Keep hydrated. Drinking lots of water helps the body adjust.

After the time change, stay active during the day and do something relaxing a few hours before what would normally be your bedtime.

And if you are taking medication, begin to take it a little earlier, especially if the medicine affects your sleeping habits.

Doing this a few days before the change, actually helps regulate melatonin, a hormone in your body that helps your inner body clocks adjust, leaving us with a good night's sleep.

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