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Tips for Adjusting to the End of Daylight Savings Time

November 06, 2023 11:52 AM | Jennifer Mahoney (Administrator)

As we bid farewell to Daylight Saving Time and set our clocks back an hour, the shorter days and longer nights can disrupt our daily routines and leave many of us feeling a little out of sorts. The time change may seem like a minor event allowing us an extra hour of sleep, but the shift in our schedules and the darker evenings can affect our sleep patterns, productivity, and overall well-being. Despite the extra hour, you may find yourself feeling grumpy, craving chocolate, and longing for an afternoon nap. However, with a few simple adjustments, you can make the transition smoother and keep your cool while dealing with daily deadlines and demands. Here are a few tips to help you adjust to the time change:

1.  Gradually Adjust Your Sleep Schedule

The key to a smooth transition is to adjust your sleep schedule gradually. Start by going to bed and waking up an hour ahead of your normal time in the week immediately following the time change. Add 15 minutes each day until you reach the adjusted time. By the end of the week, your body will have acclimated to the new schedule, and you'll be less likely to experience sleep disruptions, tiredness, or irritability.

2.  Use Natural Light to Your Advantage

With shorter days and longer nights, it's essential to make the most of the natural light available which helps regulate your internal body clock. Exposure to natural light can improve your mood and alertness, making it easier to stay awake during the dreary afternoons and darker evenings.  Find a sunny window where you can enjoy your lunch.  Even 10 minutes of sunlight can be a mood booster.

3.      Stay Active

Regular exercise has numerous benefits, including better sleep regulation. Engaging in physical activity during the day can help you enjoy a more restful night and clear your mind of the stresses of the day.  A 10-minute walk is a magic reset button.

4.      Be Mindful of Your Diet

What you eat and drink can impact your sleep and mood. Limit caffeine and alcohol intake in the evening. These can disrupt your sleep patterns and make it harder to adjust to the new time.

5.      Be Patient and Kind to Yourself and Others

Adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time can take a few days, and it's normal to feel a bit tired and not like yourself during the transition. Be patient with yourself and recognize that your body will adapt in due time. Keep in mind that everyone's internal clock is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Experiment with these tips and adjust them according to your needs. Remember that your coworkers and clients may be feeling out of sorts too.


The end of Daylight Saving Time might disrupt your routine, but with these eight tips, you can make the transition more manageable and enjoy the cozy, autumn evenings. Remember that adjusting your sleep schedule, embracing natural light, and maintaining healthy habits are key to a smoother transition. By making small changes, you can ensure a restful night's sleep and a more productive day, even as the days grow shorter.


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