This Sunday (March 12, 2017) at 2 a.m., clocks in most U.S. states will be turned forward one hour. Daylight Saving Time begins!
The memory tool for your clocks is spring forward. Easy to do with clocks. Less easy – for many – with our own bodies. We hear that the number of car crashes increases with the start of Daylight Saving Time. More people have heart attacks. Many report feeling groggy or off kilter in the week following. Here’s a collection of tips that might help.
1. Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier Sunday.
2. Eat some good breakfasts this week!
3. Get some sunlight.
4. Keep up your exercise schedule.
5. Drink extra water, and limit caffeine, alcohol and sugar.
6. Manage your stress with whatever stress-busting techniques work for you.
7. Go to sleep a few minutes earlier.
8. Sleep in complete darkness, in a not-too-warm room.
9. Get up at your usual time, no matter what the sunrise is doing.
10. Don’t think in terms of what time it is really. As your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. Monday morning, try not to think … it’s really only 5 a.m. Good luck!
Bottom line: Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. begins March 12, 2017. How to survive the time change.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.