As the weekend approaches, we get ready to tear another page off the calendar. I did that this morning and saw that daylight savings starts on Sunday. This one doesn't bother me as much as the one in the spring, because we get that hour back! It sounds good, but the change can disrupt your daily routine and internal body clock. However, with a few simple preparations, you can make the most of this shift and ensure a smooth transition.

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Gradual Adjustments: According to the Mayo Clinic website, easing into the time change is a smart strategy. Start adjusting your schedule a few days in advance. Shift your bedtime and wake-up time by 15 minutes each day, moving closer to the new time. This gradual transition will help your body adapt more comfortably.

Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: The National Sleep Foundation website recommends making your bedtime routine enjoyable and relaxing. Consider activities like reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing mindfulness to help you unwind and fall asleep faster.

The biannual clock change doesn't have to be a jarring experience. With a little planning and these simple adjustments, you can smoothly transition into the new time, ensuring you make the most of your extra hour of sleep. Remember, a well-rested you is a happier and more productive you! It's much easier to say that now because we get that hour back. Let's revisit this plan in 2024 when we lose it again!

So, as we approach the end of daylight saving time, make these gradual changes and create a relaxing bedtime routine to ensure that you smoothly transition into the new time. Your body and mind will thank you for the extra effort, and you'll be well-prepared to enjoy that much-needed extra hour of sleep.

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