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How to Prepare for Daylight Savings Time

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Most people enjoy the start of daylight savings time in the fall since it signals an additional hour of sleep. However, they're not as excited when daylight savings time ends in the spring and they are forced to jump ahead an hour. If you're one of these people, you can make it easier on yourself by preparing in advance for daylight savings time.

Ten Minutes for Six Days
Six days prior to the beginning of daylight savings time begin waking up each day 10 minutes earlier than the day before. This produces less stress on your body since it allows you to gradually change to waking up an hour earlier rather than do it all in one day. Ten minutes isn't a major change in sleep, so your body adapts to it with relative ease. However, an hour is a major change which is why you often feel groggy and tired for several days after daylight savings time ends.

Don't Nap
Fatigue is common for at least a few days after daylight savings time ends, and this can lead to the desire to take a nap during the middle of the day. While it is tempting, it is important that you don't take a nap since it can disrupt your sleeping schedule. A nap in the middle of the afternoon often leads to a later bedtime since you don't feel as tired. This in turn makes you more tired and groggy in the morning since you must still get up at the same time. If you find yourself tired after the time change, find off fatigue by doing chores around your house or getting outside to enjoy the fresh air. Commit to going to bed early rather than taking a nap.

Celebrate the Time Change
The end of daylight savings time is often welcomed by many people since it provides more light at the end of the day which in turn allows people to spend more time outside enjoying the spring weather. Plan an afternoon or evening activity with your family members or friends for the Sunday when daylight savings time ends. This not only allows you to take advantage of the longer day, but it also can help you ward off the urge to nap.

Perform Checks and Updates
Set your clocks ahead on the Saturday night before daylight savings time ends. This prevents you from waking up the next morning and having the wrong time. Check your cell phone, computer and other technology devices to ensure they have automatically made the adjustment for the time change. If they haven't, restart them or manually make the change yourself. Remember to check the batteries in your smoke detector to ensure they are still in good working order. This should be done every six months, which is why many people choose to do it during the time changes in the spring and the fall. You can also use this time to discuss fire safety with your family and make a plan for what to do in the event of an actual fire.



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