10 tips to ease into Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time 2017 begins in the U.S. at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Spring forward!

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!

Blue places use daylight savings in the northern hemisphere summer. Orange places use daylight savings in the southern hemisphere summer. Dark grey places have never used daylight savings, light grey places used to use it. Image via Wikipedia.

Don’t like Daylight Saving Time? Blame New Zealand entomologist G.V. Hudson. He first proposed a system resembling our modern one to the Wellington Philosophical Society in 1895. He valued those extra daylight hours after work as a time to gather insects. Don’t like Daylight Time? Be glad we didn’t use Hudson’s original proposal for a two-hour shift!

Bottom line: Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. begins March 12, 2017. How to survive the time change.

Deborah Byrd