For most Americans, daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8, adding an extra 60 minutes of sunlight at the end of the day—and wreaking havoc on sleep habits. To help ease the transition, the Better Sleep Council, the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, offers these tips:
1 Create a bedtime ritual that is relaxing—read a book, listen to soothing music or soak in a hot bath or shower.
2 End the day’s “screen time” on your smartphone, tablet, television, etc., an hour before sleep.
3 Exercise during the day. Even moderate exercise will help you sleep more restfully.
4 Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed.
5 Commit to a regular sleep schedule of seven to eight hours a night—regardless of what time the clock says.
For more suggestions on managing the change to daylight saving time, visit www.bettersleep.org. And watch for the Better Sleep Council’s Daylight Saving Time Challenge on Facebook and Twitter, @BetterSleepOrg.