The time changes this weekend ! The end of Daylight Saving Time threatens to throw off our sleep schedule, but no need to panic!! Check out these 4 simple tips for easing into the end of DST!!
Daylight Saving Time ends
Daylight Saving Time (a/k/a Daylight Savings Time) will end in the next couple weeks – Sunday, November 1, in the US and Canada. Every year, Daylight Saving Time threatens to throw off our sleep schedule. This year, follow our four easy tips to sleep great right through the time change.
Tip #1: Soak up the sun
One good way to help your body deal with the time change is to reset your own body's sleep cycle. And one of the best ways to do that is to get sunlight and a little outdoor exercise in the days leading up to the end of Daylight Saving Time. Both will help you spend your energy and naturally feel tired when the sun goes down. Since it will now set at an earlier time, you'll ideally feel tired early enough to get adequate, restorative sleep.
Tip #2: Eat a complete breakfast
On November 1, eat a full, healthy breakfast when you wake up, then go for a walk in the sunlight. Stocking up on healthy energy and spending it outside will help reset your body's sleep cycle and set you up for a full night's sleep. Then you'll be ready to work come Monday morning!
Tip #3: Take everything back an hour
Don't want to feel an hour behind on the Monday after daylight saving time ends? Wind down an hour before your new bedtime on Sunday. For instance, if you usually settle into bed at 10pm, do so at 9pm on Sunday. And make sure not to fall asleep too early. Since it will be darker sooner on Sunday, many will be tempted to turn in earlier than we recommend. But doing so could cause you to wake up extra early on Monday, leaving you with no energy in the late afternoon when you're still trying to work.
Tip #4: Practice everyday good sleep habits
The best sleep tips work all year long. Read and follow our 20 good sleep habits for better sleep tonight and every night!
When does Daylight Saving Time end?1
- Sunday, October 25: Most of Mexico, Northern Africa and Europe
- Friday, October 30: Jordan
- Sunday, November 1: US, Canada, Mexicali, Bermuda, Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti
162 countries do not observe DST.
- Time and Date. Daylight Saving Time around the world 2015. http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html (accessed October 22, 2015).