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Daylight Saving Time: Survival Tips for the Time Change

With the start of daylight saving time around the corner, it's smart to have some strategies to help your body adjust to the time change. Sure, it's just a one-hour change, but did you know that even small changes to your sleep schedule can affect your health? That's why having good "sleep hygiene" is so important. Read on to learn the survival techniques that can help.


The Negative Effects of Sleep Loss

Although only one hour of sleep is lost at the beginning of daylight saving time, studies suggest that a cumulative sleep loss can occur over the following week and sometimes longer. Sleep deprivation can affect several areas, including:
  • Behavior
  • Mental alertness
  • Physical appearance
  • Emotional condition
  • Health.
One way to combat sleep loss after the time change (and every night) is to have good "sleep hygiene." This simply means practicing habits that will allow you to get quality sleep and be more alert the next day.

Create a Good Sleep Environment

Controlling room temperature, humidity, and noise are all important factors for creating a good sleep environment. It is also important to have a comfortable mattress and bedding. Another helpful tip is to try lying on your side to enhance feelings of safety and relaxation.

Practice Good Sleep Habits

Having a regular bedtime and wake-up time, even on weekends; avoiding napping in bed; and reducing the amount of light in the room can improve your sleep. Reducing the time it takes to fall asleep is another important factor. Experts recommend that if you cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes of going to bed, you should leave the bedroom to read a book or watch TV until you feel sleepy again. It is also recommended that you get up at your regular time, even if you didn't sleep well the night before.
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