Adjusting to Daylight Saving Time

Wildwood Towers Apartments, Arlington, VA  Daylight Saving Time begins on March 11th. Read today's post for some tips on how to adjust successfully.

Daylight Saving Time is beginning this month on March 11th which means we’ll all be moving our clocks forward an hour. This time change can be more difficult for those who enjoy sleeping in. In today’s Wildwood Towers Apartments Blog we’ll be sharing a list of tips on how to adjust to the new time change as well as some background on how it came to be. We hope you have a great month here in Arlington, VA!


The History

There are many misconceptions about where and how Daylight Saving Time began. To learn some of the facts, check out this Stuff You Should Know podcast entitled How Daylight Saving Time Work. They dispel some of the myths surrounding this interesting annual event. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin didn’t actually start Daylight Saving Time? He was in favor of making daylight hours more effective by changing the clocks, but William Willett was the first person who proposed and led a campaign to implement this practice. It was the work of a few different people that eventually led to this change happening. It wasn’t until 1966, though, that the Uniform Time Act standardized this movement in the United States. Some states though, still do not practice Daylight Saving Time including Hawaii and Arizona. Learn more about Daylight Saving Time from 8 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time written by History.


Tip #1: Be patient and give yourself time to adjust.

If you have a set sleeping schedule, then this can be a difficult thing to transition into. Be patient as your body adjusts to this time change. For some people it can take anywhere from a day to a week or so before you start to feel normal again while others make take longer.


Tip #2: Get to bed early on the night of March 10th.

Make sure that you get to bed at a reasonable time because you will be getting an hour less of sleep. If you have a chance, a short nap on the 11th may help if you’re feeling sleepy.


Tip #3: Consider your circadian rhythm.

Your circadian rhythm should be considered throughout this transition. “Often referred to as the "body clock", the circadian rhythm is a cycle that tells our bodies when to sleep, rise, eat—regulating many physiological processes.” To keep this process healthy and in motion, stay away from bright lights at night and spend time in the light during the day. To learn more check out How Sleep Is Affected by Time Changes from WebMD.


Do you like or dislike Daylight Saving Time? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below. Thanks for reading!