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Although many provinces are still getting pummeled by snow and sleet, spring is almost here! In anticipation of the season, clocks move an hour ahead this weekend so you might want to plan ahead. It does allow for longer days during the warmer months, but you’re also losing sixty minutes of precious sleep. Follow our guide to help you spring forward a little easier and survive Daylight Saving Time!
Adjust Your Bedtime
To make springing forward a little easier, gradually adjust your bedtime to ensure you are well rested! Simply go to bed fifteen minutes earlier than you normally would, starting a few days before the time change!
Cut the Caffeine
You might want to rethink that giant cup of coffee in the evening! Not only does caffeine make it harder for you to fall asleep, but it also disrupts deep sleep. To keep your sleep schedule on track, avoid consuming caffeine up to six hours before bedtime. If you like something hot and soothing to drink before bed, try herbal tea instead!
Avoid Screen Time
It’s no secret that you should power down at least 1-2 hours before bed, but this advice is even more important when you’re losing an hour of sleep! Reducing the amount of time you spend in front of the TV, computer or smartphone in the evening will help restless sleepers stay on a proper sleep schedule.
Schedule Some Power Naps
If you’re not able to go to bed early the night when Daylight Saving Time kicks in, take a nap the following day! Don’t feel guilty about giving into some impromptu shut-eye during the day; a power nap can be of serious value when there is a disruption in your sleep schedule!
Remember, It’s Only Temporary
While you might feel totally grouchy and foggy on Monday morning, the effects of the time change are only temporary. There is always a silver lining since your body will adjust and longer daylight hours will result!
Don’t forget - clocks go forward one hour on Sunday, March 10 at 3:00 AM! We’re one step closer to spring!