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Switching back to Standard Time: 5 tips for a smooth transition

The days are getting shorter, and soon we will switch back to Standard Time.

Sunday 2 a.m. November 4th, will mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Clocks are set back one hour from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. While some people have no trouble adjusting to the new time, others suffer from sleep problems and fatigue during the transition.

How can you reduce problems related to the time shift?

5 tips for a smoother transition to standard time

1. Plan ahead: Start adjusting your bedtimes a few days before the time shift. Shift your bedtimes in small steps of 15 minutes at a time.

2. If you are one of the many people who do not get enough sleep during the week due to lifestyle choices, use the extra hour on Sunday 11/4 to catch up on your sleep.

3. Set your clocks back on Saturday evening before the time change. On 11/4, set your alarm to wake up at the usual time and go to bed on time on Sunday night.

4. Try to take it easy on 11/4 and the next few days.

5. Returning to Standard Time also means the sun will rise earlier, at least for a little while. Try to expose yourself to daylight in the morning, as this will help you wake up and adjust to the new time more quickly.

October 18, 2012

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