This Sunday we spring ahead one hour as Daylight Saving Time kicks in.

For many people that struggle with sleep issues it can be a difficult time.

According to sleep experts here are some tips to help with the adjustment.

  1. Practice good sleep hygiene:
    • avoid alcohol and heavy dinners and snacks just before bed and avoiding caffeine from coffee or tea.
  2. Establish a consistent sleep routine:
    • this includes weekends and should be at least seven hours of sleep time.
  3. Alter your bedtime leading up to DST:
    • going to be 15 minutes earlier than usual for two to three days leading up the change helps.
  4. Spend time outdoors:
    • it helps with your circadian rhythm and can help with feeling less tired.
  5. 20-minute naps 
    • it's been shown a 20-minute nap refreshes while not leaving you groggy.

DST takes effect at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday as we jump ahead to 3:00 a.m.

And as a reminder, it's always a good time to change your batteries in smoke detectors and CO detectors when DST takes effect.