6 Ways to Adapt to Daylight Saving Time Starting March 13th
Here’s How to Avoid Sleep Disruptions Due to Time Change
If you’re wondering when you’ll need to adjust your clock an hour ahead this year, the date is March 13th. Don’t forget to mark it on your calendar as the start of Daylight Saving Time (DST).
Although the official time changes by just an hour, the sudden shift can lead to sleep disruptions, reducing sleep quality and quantity. Studies show that the transition to DST is linked to short-term risk of stroke, heart attacks, serious mood disturbances, and emergency room visits. What’s more, poor sleep can affect decision-making, thinking, and productivity.
To help you adjust to the time change, Kids Car Donations has come up with a DST preparation checklist. Following the suggested steps below can ensure that you get the right amount of sleep on the weekend of the time switch. This can improve your sleep habits in the long run.
- Adjust your schedule gradually.
A week or two before the time change, try to slowly adjust your sleep schedule by going to bed around 15 to 20 minutes earlier than usual. Do the same for the rest of your daily activities, including meals and exercise. That way, you get to start DST having already acclimated yourself to the new time.
- Improve your sleep hygiene.
Having good sleep hygiene will make it easier for you to get consistent and longer hours of sleep. Sleep hygiene means having healthy sleeping habits and a conducive bedroom environment. Having this condition can benefit you not only during the duration of daylight saving time but the rest of the year as well.
Here are some ways of improving your sleep hygiene:
- Maintain a fixed sleep schedule every night.
- Stick to a stable routine to prepare for bedtime.
- Choose a comfortable bedding and supportive mattress.
- Block out unwanted noise and light from your bedroom.
- Avoid using any devices for at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
- Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in the afternoon and evening.
- Take extra precautions in case of sleep disruption.
The right preparation can lower your chances of experiencing sleep problems from the abrupt time switch. Take precautionary measures in case your sleep is affected.
As much as possible, don’t go for long drives right after the time change. Many car accidents have occurred during DST due to drowsy driving.
Also, don’t overload your schedule on the Sunday or Monday after the time shift, especially if you notice daytime sleepiness. If you can, schedule meetings or events for later in the week, particularly if you’re having a hard time adapting to the time change.
- Set your clocks before bed.
While the time change doesn’t officially take place until 2 AM on March 13th, it’s best that you already have all your clocks and watches adjusted to the new time before heading to bed. This will help you prevent any timing mishaps on Sunday.
- Prioritize daylight exposure.
With light as the primary driver of circadian rhythm, it’s crucial to find time for daylight exposure on the days following DST. Doing so will help your body’s internal clock acclimate to the new timing of light and dark.
Go outside on Sunday, preferably in the morning, and get as much sun exposure as you can. If you reside in an area that has a cold climate, just open your curtains and sit near a window to take in a dose of natural light.
- Nap shortly.
If you’re struggling with daytime sleeping in the days after the switch to daylight saving time, you can benefit from short naps. A 30-minute nap or less than that can boost your alertness and reduce grogginess after waking up. Don’t do it too late in the afternoon though, as this will likely make it harder for you to fall asleep at night.
Start DST by Helping Save Young Lives
The beginning of DST is more than just a sign of warmer weather ahead; it also represents a fresh start for everyone. So, why not do something meaningful for those kids in your community who are stricken with serious illnesses and disabilities? Help them overcome their afflictions by simply donating an unwanted vehicle to us at Kids Car Donations.
We’ll sell your donated vehicle through an auction, with the proceeds going to reputable children’s nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. These IRS-registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits provide their young beneficiaries with free comprehensive and quality medical assistance, including solutions and treatments to various health challenges, emotional support, and relief of pain and trauma. Our charity partners also promote children’s care, advocacy, research, and education.
Your donation will also benefit you greatly since it will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.
We’ll also pick up and tow your unwanted vehicle at absolutely no cost to you and wherever it’s located in the United States.
The opportunity to give hope and relief to children suffering from serious ailments will also give you a sense of satisfaction that you will long cherish and remember.
We take in nearly all types of vehicles regardless of their age or condition.
For more information about Kids Car Donations, including our quick and convenient donation process, head over to our FAQs page. For your questions and concerns, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 866-634-8395. You may also message us here.
Ready to Turn Your Old Car into a Lifesaver?
Retire your old car in the most purposeful way possible. Turn it into a lifesaving instrument for the critically ill kids in your community by donating it to us. Call Kids Car Donations at 866-634-8395 or fill out our secure online donation form now!