Daylight Saving Time is coming: Get ready to spring forward this weekend


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It's nearly spring, and that's great. But it also means Daylight Saving Time returns. This Sunday at 2 a.m. we spring forward, losing one hour of sleep but gaining more sunlit hours after work or school.

According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), many people sleep an average of 40 minutes less after Daylight Saving Time returns. It's especially annoying for those who don't get the recommended seven hours of sleep.

That's why the NSF recommends you plan ahead to avoid being sleepy. Make it a lazy Sunday: sleep in and then take a nap in the afternoon for good measure. It will make getting up Monday morning much easier.

If you have trouble sleeping, the NSF suggests the following sleep tips:

  • Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.
  • Use bright light to help manage your "body clock." Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.
  • Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.
  • Create a sleep environment that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.
  • Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a "worry book" so you can address those issues the next day.
  • If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.
  • Exercise regularly at any time of the day that feels right for you.

National Sleep Foundation 

Did you know? The National Sleep Foundation is celebrating Sleep Awareness Week, from March 6-13. #7daysforbettersleep