Daylight Saving Time is Ending: Some Tips to Get Ready

It’s about that time again; we have to adjust our clocks, and ourselves, for the time change. Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. Clocks will be adjusted backward an hour as Standard Time begins. The change in autumn is usually easier to deal with than the change in spring, since our body feels like it’s one hour later than what the clock reads. However, there are still some tips you can use to help you and your family adjust to the new time.

  • If you normally feel tired at 10 p.m. there’s a good chance you’ll feel tired at 9 p.m. (according to the clock). Instead of trying to stick it out that extra hour, just go to sleep. The vast majority of us could use the extra hour.
  • The hardest part of the adjustment in Illinois isn’t necessarily the time, but the fact that winter is approaching, which means shorter days. Take advantage of the daylight and stick to an exercise routine, regardless of how dreary it is outside.
  • If you have children, maintain a consistent bedtime routine and regular sleep schedule for them. You can ease your family into the change prior to Sunday by putting your children to bed 15 minutes later each day leading up to the time change, so that when Sunday hits, they’re going to bed at what feels like the usual time for them.
  • Practice good sleep habits in general to promote optimal sleep. The National Sleep Foundation, a partner with Memorial Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center, suggests keeping a regular wake time, even on weekends; establishing a relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a warm bath, reading a book, meditating or listening to music; creating a sleep-friendly environment that is dark, quiet, comfy and cool; finishing eating two to three hours prior to bedtime; avoiding caffeine close to bedtime; and limiting use of TV and computers in your bedroom.

Other than adjusting your own sleep schedule and maintaining your children’s routines, there are other things you should do for the time change.

  • A general rule of thumb is to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every six months. What a coincidence that Daylight Saving Time starts and ends six months apart! Use the time change as a reminder to also change your alarms’ batteries.
  • It’s already getting chilly out, and this is the perfect time to make a “winter car emergency kit”. You should have some form of emergency kit at all times, but now is the time to add winter gear such as blankets.
  • Now is also a good time to check the medicine cabinet for the lesser used medications. You should always check the expiration date before taking medication, but now is a great time to clean out those ones that have been hiding in the back since ’06.

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