This time of year is when our days feel like they are getting shorter. And now, daylight saving time will also be ending at 2:00 AM this Sunday, November 1st. This means that we will “gain” an hour when we turn our clocks back, but for many of us with early morning routines or appointments, our “internal clocks” will need to adjust!
Here are some tips to help adjust your sleep schedule this November:
- Prepare early: To prepare for the time change, start going to sleep 15 minutes later each day this week so that you are right on schedule by Sunday. Aim to still get a full 8 hours of sleep or as your body needs.
- Don’t nap during the day: With our internal clocks trying to adjust to a new schedule, our best bet to adjust as early as possible is to save all our sleep for the night.
- Continue your routine: Our bodies respond well to routine, so be consistent with your schedule for your body to adjust best.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol: In order to get a quality night’s sleep, try to avoid alcohol and reduce your caffeine intake (especially six to eight hours before bedtime).
For more about Daylight Saving Time, take a look at additional information at NBC Connecticut.