Daylight Savings Time, Sunday March 8th

Here’s a reminder to set your clock forward for Daylight Savings Time, starting on Sunday, March 8th. Also, take the time to change out the batteries on all of your smoke detectors.

The change in time is a way of “saving” or making better use of natural daylight in the Spring. During daylight savings time clocks are set an hour ahead, so that the sun rises later in the morning and sets later in the evening.

Here are some tips for handling the time change:

Get extra sleep. go to bed an hour earlier every night to ease yourself into the time change, so you’ll be less likely to be forced to drive sleep-deprived.

Choose appropriate light to signal your body. The brightness of your environment affects your sleep cycle. Get up early and let in the sunlight to wake yourself up.

Shift your routine. When preparing to spring forward, limit caffeine and alcohol in the hours leading up to bedtime. If you do a daily workout, make sure it’s not late in the evening or you may find it difficult to go to sleep since your body is not used to the earlier bedtime.