As if life isn’t difficult enough for people who have trouble sleeping, here comes Daylight Saving Time on March 9.  Setting the clock ahead one hour usually means yet another hour of sleep lost.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine offers these tips to prepare yourself this week and try to minimize the effects:

  1. Start adjusting your sleep schedule a few days prior to the time change by going to bed an hour earlier.
  2. Have dinner one hour earlier.
  3. Avoid napping, especially in the time just before bedtime.
  4. Eat properly, stay hydrated, and remain physically active.
  5. Keep a light schedule on the Monday after the time change … especially driving strenuous physical activity.
  6. Be especially careful when operating machinery or driving on the day after the time change.

Steve Gardner