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Tips to spring forward

It’s an annual rite of spring for most of us: setting the clocks forward. Here are a few tips to help you adjust to the time change and reset your internal body clock:

  • In the week leading up to the time change, try to be as well-rested as possible.
  • Starting Tuesday or Wednesday, go to bed and wake up 15 or 20 minutes earlier each day. Adjusting other routines, such as when you eat dinner, may help too.
  • On Saturday, set your clocks ahead early in the evening. Then go to bed at your normal time.
  • About an hour before bedtime, dim the lights — and power down your electronic devices.
  • On Sunday morning, head outdoors for a little sunshine if possible. Natural light can help reset your body clock.

Spring forward, fall back

At present, daylight saving time (DST) in the United States:

  • Begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March
  • Ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November

DST is not observed in:

  • American Samoa
  • Arizona — with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico
  • Virgin Islands

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