There are health risks associated with daylight saving time. To help with this transition take these steps to gradually adjust to the time change and get enough sleep.
1. Give yourself a jump start in adjusting to the change. In the days leading up to the time change, try going to bed and waking up a bit earlier than usual to prepare your body for the hour you will lose. Remember that other family members, particularly children, may need some help in adjusting their schedule as well.
2. Expose yourself to light -- ideally, sunlight -- as soon as you wake up. Seeing light first thing after waking up can help reset your body's clock, so try eating breakfast in front of a window or making a walk part of your morning routine.
3. Avoid caffeine after lunch and other stimulants that can affect wakefulness, especially a few days before and after the time change. Try not to nap during this time as well, since napping can decrease your ability to sleep at night.
4. Avoid driving if you are sleep deprived. If possible, take public transportation to work for a few days after the time change. If you must drive, make sure to get a full night's sleep each night and remain vigilant when on the road.
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