Our clocks "fall back" on Sunday, giving us an extra hour of sleep.
It can be a tough adjustment so there are some tips for preparing yourself for the upcoming time change.
1. You're already dealing with sleep problems--Time changes in either direction can mess with existing sleep issues. So while you might be tempted to stay out late and sleep in the next day, it's important to practice good sleep hygiene and that means sticking to a routine, waking up and going to bed around the same time each day. If you're the type that has trouble staying asleep, extra brightness in the morning may interfere with getting enough snooze time. Invest in a set of room-darkening shades, but make sure to open them up as soon as you're awake. A.M. sunlight resets your biological clock and can actually make falling asleep at the end of the day easier.
2. You're a parent--You know how your kid wakes up at the crack of dawn, no matter how late Mommy and Daddy were out the night before? Well, turning the clocks back means they might wake up even earlier. Like in adults, light helps regulate kids' body clocks. To keep little ones up long enough at night and asleep late enough in the morning, make sure they get natural light exposure in the evenings and that their bedrooms are dark at night. All daytime routines help keep them on schedule, so don't be tempted to serve dinner earlier just because it's dark outside. Keeping evening activities consistent can help you avoid time-change troubles.
3. You get the winter blues--The end of Daylight Saving Time can actually be good for your mood. You may not enjoy leaving the office when it's already dark out, but biologically, morning light actually boosts your mood the most. So take advantage of an earlier sunrise, and leave your blinds open at night. If that leads to sleep troubles, keep the shades shut while you sleep but open them first thing, and then get outside as early as you can.