This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2016

The time change officially takes place at 2 a.m., but you don’t have to spring out of bed and move the big hand on your clock ahead an hour. The change is automatic for most smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices.:)

“Some people have difficulty adapting to the one-hour change,” says Dr. Clete A. Kushida, medical director of the Stanford Sleep Medicine Center. “Sleep deprivation can affect attention and vigilance, learning and memory.”

It can also affect your health. Dr. Alon Yosefian Avidan, director of the UCLA Sleep Disorders Center, says “recent data shows that the rate of heart attacks spike during the first Monday after daylight saving time.” Car accidents and injuries can increase as well, he added.

Here are their eight tips for navigating the time changes that come twice a year:

1. Anticipate the shift. Try going to bed earlier for one to two nights ahead of the time change.

2. Load up on Zzzzs. You don’t want to be sleep-deprived ahead of these time shifts. Getting seven to eight hours of sound sleep a night ahead of the change will make for a smooth transition.

3. Skip the alcohol and caffeine. These substances will just lead to fragmented sleep.

4. Use sunlight to your advantage. Pull back the curtains and get lots of the sunshine in the morning, and you’re more likely to feel alert during the day and sleepy at nightfall.

5. Conversely, limit bright light exposure at night. Why? It will disrupt your sleep. This means no computers, TV, and tablets, at least, two hours before bedtime.

6. Avoid long naps. A brief power nap is OK. But anything longer will disrupt your sleep and delay the transition to the new schedule.

7. Make your bedroom a haven for sleep. Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, well-ventilated and at a comfortable, slightly cooler temperature throughout the night.

8. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Read a relaxing book; listen to soothing music.

Source: LA Times

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