It's almost time to
fall back one hour as daylight savings time will end the morning of November 3rd. That means people
should plan to set their clocks back and take some steps to ease the
Although gaining an
hour might seem like a good way to get more rest the change of time can affect
According to sleep
experts, although it's easier for you to gain an hour than to lose it, it
doesn't mean your inner body clock is not affected.
There are ways you
can reset your sleep patterns and prepare for the change before daylight saving
time ends. By preparing in advance, you
can ensure your sleep won't be interrupted.
Doctors recommend you
modify your schedule early. Do this about a week before the change and set your
clocks an hour behind as a way to ease into the new sleep pattern.
Keep hydrated as drinking
plenty of water helps the body adjust.
After the time
change, stay active during the day and do something relaxing a few hours before
what would normally be your bedtime.
If you are taking
medication, begin to take it a little earlier, especially if the medicine
affects your sleeping habits.
Doing this a few days
before the change, actually helps regulate melatonin, a hormone in your body
that helps your inner body clocks adjust, leaving us with a good night's sleep.