Daylight Saving Time will come to an end on Sunday, November 7, at 2:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) when we shift our clocks back one hour to Standard Time.
One of the benefits is that extra hour of sleep and how good we will feel with some extra shut-eye.
Here are a few tips to help you optimize the time change.
For Parents with Young Kids
If you normally have young children who go to bed at 8 p.m. and wake you around 6 a.m., you may be up bright and early on Sunday. To avoid this, starting about three days prior to the time change, allow your children to stay up a bit later. Perhaps put them to bed at 8:30 p.m. to allow them to adapt to the change in time. Once this adjustment happens, go back to their normal bedtime.
Teens are usually sleep deprived due to a change in their biology at puberty, which pushes back their biological clock and makes them want to stay up later. This, along with school times that usually don’t match a teen’s biology, causes them to experience “social jetlag.” If they usually fall asleep at 11:30 p.m., they should try to sleep at the new time, perhaps 10:30 p.m. once the fall time change happens.
Treat yourself to that extra sleep and make sure you do not have sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, or insomnia, that may negatively impact your health and negate the goodness of that extra hour of slumber.
Enjoy the wonderful health-giving gift of sleep each night and make sure to get plenty of light each day in order to reset and strengthen your circadian clock.