CHARLOTTE, N.C. - We will “spring forward” Sunday to gain a little extra sunlight in the evening, but some reports found the change can disrupt our internal clocks.
Before you go to bed Saturday night, you will again want to adjust your clocks forward by an hour for daylight saving time.
Daylight saving time is the practice of moving the clock forward during the warmer part of the year to have more daylight in the evenings.
The purpose is to make better use of daylight and conserve energy. The United States first adopted daylight saving time in March 1918.
Most of the United States – including North and South Carolina – observe daylight saving time. It is not observed in most of Arizona and Hawaii.
However, a German study in 2007 found daylight saving time can be a significant seasonal disruption to our internal body clocks. READ more about the study.
WebMD suggested the following sleep tips to smoothly adjust into daylight saving time:
- Gradually transition into the time change
- Give yourself a sleep break
- Know how much sleep you need
- Keep regular sleep hours
- Get some exercise during the day
- Avoid stimulating substances
- Eat lightly at night
- Relax before bed
- Create a sleep-friendly environment
- Get up if you can’t sleep
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