March 9, 2017

Worried About “Springing Forward” for Daylight Saving Time? How to Stay On Your Sleep Routine

It’s understandable to worry about how your sleep will be affected when your clocks “spring” forward by one hour on Sunday, March 12, at 2 a.m., but there are a few steps you can take to avoid disrupting your sleep routine.

  • Transition into the time change a few days before Daylight Saving Time by going to bed 15 minutes earlier.
  • If you’re starting to feel sleepy after the change, take a quick nap in the afternoon. No longer than 20 minutes.
  • Adjust the light in your room – you can help your body find synchronicity by keeping areas bright in the morning and dim at night.
  • Keep regular sleep hours – a routine schedule is good for all of us and will allow our body and mind to adjust.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed – both are stimulants that will impact your body’s natural sleep patterns.

Need additional support? Mission Sleep Centers can help.