Ready or not, here it comes. Daylight Saving Time begins Mar. 10 at 2 a.m. your local time, and there's no way around the fact that you're going to lose an hour of sleep when you spring forward. Fortunately, there are some hacks for Daylight Saving Time that can make it less awful. If you think losing one measly hour of sleep won't affect you, the truth is that it messes with almost everyone. "Our circadian clock gets disregulated or thrown off, which affects how we feel, think, etc.," Beth Malow, M.D., M.S., professor of neurology and pediatrics and director, Sleep Disorders Division, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told NBC News.
She added that younger people tend to adapt better (yay, youth is on your side) to the time change than older folks, and the effects of Daylight Saving Time are similar to those of jet lag. So, if traveling to a different time zone messes you up, spring forward will likely do the same. "In the week following Daylight Saving Time, some people may be desperate to gain back that lost hour by taking a nap," Dr. Mia Finkelston, a board-certified family physician who treats patients via telehealth app LiveHealth Online, tells Bustle. "However, instead of making you feel better, this will often further disrupt your sleep schedule and make it harder to adjust to the time change. Avoid the urge to nap and your circadian rhythm will thank you later." While there's no way around feeling a little sleep deprived next week, there are some things you can do now to minimize the effects of spring forward.