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November is here! Along with the big election and leaves turning red and yellow, another seasonal change is coming up. On November 4, 2012, Daylight Savings Time will be ending….that means for most of us, the dreaded hour shift in time is fast approaching. Time change is never easy but sleeping an hour late is a whole lot better than waking up an hour early. If you are like me and love to take advantage of the extra hour on Monday morning, you may feel a little discombobulated the rest of the week. Here are a few tips to help make the transition a little easier on the whole family.
• Prepare – Help your body adjust by starting to change the time of your routine by fifteen minutes each day four days prior to Daylight Savings. Doing this helps reduce the strain your body will feel if you would just jump into the hour time difference.
• Give yourself time to adjust – Try not to schedule important meetings or events near the time change. Although it is easier for most people to adjust to the fall gain of an hour than the spring loss of an hour, it still takes a toll on the body; you may feel restless and unfocused for a few days.
• Maintain a regular schedule – Trying to wake up and go to bed at the same time will make it easier for your body to bounce back from the time change. It is also a good idea to avoid caffeine and alcohol during Daylight Savings time shifts because they can disrupt sleep.
• Get enough sleep – Though it may be tempting to go to sleep an hour later than you normally would because you are not tired, DON’T DO IT. 6am will still roll around the next morning and waking up will hurt. Sleep is essential for maintaining a healthy body (even a healthy mouth!). Do you have any tips for dealing with the time change? Make sure to leave them in the comments!