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How To Adjust To Daylight Saving Time

Watch more Sleep Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to adjust to daylight saving time so you don't even notice the missing hour. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Get up earlier Begin the transition six days before the clock changes by going to bed and getting up 10 minutes earlier each day than the previous one. If you have kids, make them do the same. Step 2: Let in the light During those six days, get some sunlight as soon as you get up and avoid light in the hours before bedtime. Controlling light intake helps your body's internal clock adjust to the earlier waking and sleeping times. Tip Avoid naps in the days leading up to the switch. Step 3: Get some exercise Get some exercise on the afternoon before the 2 a.m. time change, like a brisk, 30-minute walk. Exercise releases serotonin, which helps advance your biological clock. Tip Forego exercise within three hours of bedtime; it may interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Step 4: Take melatonin Take a melatonin supplement four or five hours before you go to bed on the night of the time change, to help you fall asleep; it's sold over-the-counter at drug stores. Step 5: Don't drive drowsy On the day of the time adjustment make sure you're well rested before driving, and drive defensively. Studies show that car accidents increase the Monday after the clocks are pushed forward. Step 6: Don't rush off Take your time getting to work that first week after the clocks are reset, even if it means you're late. Swedish researchers found that heart attacks increase during the week after daylight saving time begins. So make that your excuse to slow down for a few mornings; you've got the whole rest of the year to rush out the door. Did You Know? Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea of daylight saving time in 1784, but it was not adopted until World War I, as an energy-saving measure.
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