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The chill you get when the wind blows as you walk outside signals two things: fall weather and a coming to the end of daylight savings time. While yes, it was a lovely sunny eight months, it’s nearly time to go. This means you’ll want to move your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m. on November 1st, or you may be an hour early to work come Monday. This change in time can impact your well-being, even if it’s just an hour. To help you transition more gracefully, we’ve gathered a few helpful tips that’ll better prepare you in falling back for daylight savings time.  

Don’t Stay Up Later Than Usual 

Just because you’re gaining another hour of sleep doesn’t mean it’s an excuse to stay up later than usual. Go to bed at your regular time to avoid messing with your internal clock. Set your bedside alarm or your smartphone alarm as you usually would and fight the urge to stay up late.  

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene 

Take advantage of this time and consider performing a sleep reset. Avoid looking at screens before bed– and if you continue, maybe consider using blue light blocking glasses in order to prevent strenuous tension on your eyes. Strive only to use your bedroom for sleeping and cultivate a comfortable environment so you can get your best night’s rest. 

Pay Attention to Your Pets  

An hour-long difference may not seem like a big deal to you, but it may confuse your pets. Keep the adjustment in mind when it comes to feeding times and outdoor bathroom visits. If you’re on a schedule, it’s essential to know that it may take a few weeks before your pets adjust to their new routine. Also, be sure to keep an eye on your furry friends and ease their stress of the transition. 

Stay Alert  

When the clock falls back in November, the evenings will start getting darker, meaning yesterday’s well-lit roads will get darker a lot sooner. If you normally walk home or are out on a jog before dinnertime, be sure to wear bright clothing or reflective accessories to ensure that you’re visible!  

Bring Snacks to Work  

You may understand the time difference, but your stomach isn’t keeping track of the clock– and may even grumble outside your typical lunch break. Bring a few snacks along just in case you get hungry throughout the morning. Keep snacks with you to ensure you’re fueled at the office.  

Stick to a Routine with Kids 

The adjustments tend to be a little more difficult for little ones. Try adjusting their schedule in increments the week before the time changes. Each day put them to bed at their usual time and wake them up at their ordinary time: however, try adjusting their eating schedule to be 15 minutes later to adapt to the later mealtimes. Some children are more sensitive to schedule shifts than others; nonetheless, things should go back to normal within two weeks. 

Whether you love or hate daylight savings time, don’t let it disrupt your lifestyle. With just a few minor adjustments, it will feel like normal in no time… that is, until the next change comes right back around.