Excited about that extra hour of sleep this weekend? Here's a few things to keep in mind, before you celebrate the end of Daylight Savings Time this Sunday.
When Daylight Saving Time ends this weekend, most residents in the country return to Standard Time at 2 a.m. Sunday. While you may be excited to gain an hour, spending said hour in bed after sunrise will do you few favors in the long run, sleep experts say.
1. Wake Up at a Normal Time Sunday Morning
Many people see the extra hour as an excuse to stay up later and sleep in longer. But sleeping through the Sunday morning sunlight can leave you feeling out of sorts for the start of the week, according to Krespi.
Instead, try to get up at the same time. Use the extra hour to go for a morning walk or make a hearty breakfast.
2. Eat Well and Exercise
Speaking of morning walks and breakfast, an active lifestyle and a healthy diet can work wonders for your sleep. So grab your partner, your dog or your favorite playlist and get outside some fresh air and exercise. And dig into a breakfast packed with whole grains and protein to keep you energized through the 25-hour day.
3. Get a Good Night's Sleep Sunday Night
Still have extra time to kill Sunday? Use it to turn your bedroom into a full-fledged sleep zone.
"It has to be quiet, it has to be cool and it has to be dark,". "Shut down your gadgets and turn away that alarm clock so you don't watch it tick."
Try to hit the sack at your usual bedtime, even though it will be dark one hour earlier.
4. Know That Your Body Will Adjust
It might take a few days to feel 100 percent normal, but fear not: Your body will adjust to the new light-dark cycle.
"Some people suffer more, some people less, it all depends," falling back in November tends to be easier than springing forward in March. "On Monday morning, we'll appreciate that we're waking up for work or school with sunlight."