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  • Springing forward to daylight saving time can cause short-term insomnia.
  • Prepare by adjusting your bedtime before the time change.
  • Get morning sunlight on Sunday to reset your body clock before the workweek begins.

Sleep tips to prepare for daylight saving time

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  • Daylight Saving
  • Insomnia

Patrick Murray  |  Mar 03, 2015
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The spring forward to daylight saving time will happen at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018. This annual event can be a shock to your body. Losing an hour of sleep during the time change can disrupt your body clock. This can make it difficult to get enough sleep during the following workweek.

With some advance preparation, you can minimize the effects of the change to daylight saving time. This week you should:

  1. Go to bed 15 or 20 minutes earlier each night before the time change.
  2. Begin to adjust the timing of other daily routines that are “time cues” for your body.
  3. This Saturday night, set your clocks ahead one hour in the early evening. Then go to sleep at your normal bedtime.
  4. After the time change, head outdoors for some early morning sunlight on Sunday.
  5. Stick to your usual bedtime to get plenty of sleep before the workweek begins on Monday.

For more information, read the Daylight Saving Time Health Advisory from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

At any time of year, contact an accredited sleep center if you have an ongoing sleep problem.

Updated March 9, 2018