As we enter Spring, we are also entering daylight saving time as the clocks “spring” forward. On March 10, 2024, the clocks will spring forward at 02:00 AM. With this moving forward of the clocks, we can expect nearly 12 hours of sunlight per day with the Spring Equinox right around the corner on March 19, 2024. With this in mind, what can you do to make this shift easier on your body?
  • Try to get at least seven hours of sleep the night before and the night after the time change to keep consistency.
  • Gradually adjust your sleep and wake times as we lead up to March 10. Fall asleep and wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night leading up. For example, if you typically fall asleep at 10:00 PM standard time, try to sleep tonight at 9:40PM, then the next night at 9:20PM and so on. Apply this same mindset to waking up, waking up 15-20 minutes earlier each day to gradually adjust. 
  • Adjust other parts of your daily routine prior to the time change. This includes meal times and other dedicated times in your day-to-day life. 
  • Set your clocks ahead Saturday evening before going to bed.
  • Head outside to get some sunlight on Sunday morning after the time change, as this will help to also adjust your circadian rhythm to the new time. Light and dark cycles have the biggest impact on circadian rhythm/your sleep cycle. 
  • Try to not take any naps during the day Sunday so that your body and brain can fully adjust to the time change. Taking a nap risks throwing off your sleep cycle even more.