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
- Puerto Rico
- Virgin Islands
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