Turning back the clock seemed to hit people particularly hard last fall, so it might be useful to start gathering up some tips for Daylight Saving Time (DST) now, if you already have trouble sleeping. Whether because it truly was getting dark out earlier than usual last year, or because people are just way more vocal about their mental health struggles on social media, everybody seemed to be feeling the effects of DST ending. It's tough to stay motivated when it starts getting dark out at 4 p.m., and it's pretty demoralizing if you're one of the unfortunate souls who went to work while it was still dark out and came home after it had gotten dark again.
But the good news is, DST begins again on Mar. 10! You'll be getting way more sunlight to energize you throughout your day, but it will mean giving up an hour of sleep when the clocks change, which is enough to throw any body off for awhile. Here are some steps you can take to mitigate those issues, especially if you're already a person who already struggles with healthy sleep habits. From making a DST sleep schedule a week in advance to keeping your body's functioning regulated, these tricks will help ease the transition so you can wake up bright-eyed and ready to play in all that sunlight.