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How to Spring Forward Successfully

April 3, 2017

By Miriam R.
Illustration by Leo H.

You may have noticed it’s staying lighter out longer. You’re seeing “spring forward” in action.

On March 12, Daylight Savings Time happened. For Daylight Savings Time, we turn our clocks forward one hour. For example, 5:00 p.m. before the change is 6:00 p.m. now. “Springing forward” is a good way to remember this change because it happens in Spring.

We can change our clocks easily, but our bodies and minds have a hard time adjusting to time changes. We actually lost an hour of sleep. How? At 2:00 a.m. on the day of the change, we “lost” an hour and it instantly became 3:00 a.m.

Here are a few tips to help you “spring forward” successfully:

  1. Don’t change your schedule much.
  2. Make sure you have snacks on hand because your eating schedule won’t be the same.
  3. Avoid electronics at night, because the light causes your brain to be active and interferes with the time change.
  4. Next year, you can prepare by gradually shifting your bedtime earlier. If you usually go to bed at 8:00 p.m., about three days before the change go to bed at 7:45 p.m., then 7:30 p.m. the next day, and so on.

However hard it is to follow my tips and survive the time change, just remember “spring forward” happens every year. You will get a lot of chances to practice!

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