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Insider Tips: a smooth transition to daylight savings

Most of us don't think too much about changing the time. I know I didn't until I had a baby and it messed up our sleep for 2 weeks!

But studies show there are seriously severe repercussions of losing an hour of sleep for the "spring forward," including:

  • increase in heart attacks the first 3 days after the time change

  • more traffic accidents the Monday after

  • increased in number and severity of workplace injuries

  • link to miscarriages in in vitro fertilization patients

  • increase in depression and male suicide rates

Those are some seriously unfunny consequences!

Here are some body-tricking tips to make the transition easier so you don't become one of those scary statistics.

  1. Wake up 30 minutes earlier the Friday, Saturday, Sunday before the time change. This will make Monday morning not seem so exhaustingly dreadful.

  2. On Sunday night, go to bed 30 minutes later than your normal bedtime. So if you normally go to bed at the party-pooper time of 10pm (like me), you'll want to tuck your sweet self into bed at 10:30 on Sunday night. Now, the kicker is that this will feel like 9:30. Getting up earlier that morning (tip #1) will help you be able to fall asleep at this earlier time. Keep bedtime at 10:30 on Monday and Tuesday nights as well. Then adjust to your normal, fun 10pm bedtime on Wednesday night.

  3. Eat breakfast first thing in the morning to help reset your body clock and tell your smart self that it's morning time.

  4. Get light first thing in the morning as well. If that's not easy (say you live in BFE in the north like me), then you can sit in front of a happy lamp instead.

Wishing you a good night's sleep and a safe transition to the lovely new time of spring!

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Martha Lewis, MS, APSC

Jackson Hole, WY



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