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 transition.
Although gaining an hour might seem like a good way to get more rest the change of time can affect sleep patterns.
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.