When it comes to Daylight Saving Time, most of us look forward to the time change in the fall and dread the one that occurs in the spring. After all, who wants to "spring forward" and lose an hour of sleep when you could be "falling back" and gaining one? Unfortunately, though, the fall transition back to standard time isn't all sunshine and snoozing: The one-hour time change can still throw off our circadian rhythms and make getting a good night's sleep much more difficult. So give your body a break this weekend with these 20 sleep-well tips — you deserve it!
Make your transition back to standard time smoother by pushing your bedtime just a little bit later — 15 to 20 minutes should do it — each night leading up to Sunday so that your body and brain have time (literally) to adjust to the change. (Fun fact: This tip works just as well when it comes time to "spring forward" — just gradually make your bedtime earlier and earlier.)
So your bedtime is later, but the rest of your day is still running on the same schedule — feels weird, right? In an article for The Huffington Post, behavioral sleep specialist Richard Shane recommends pushing your dinnertime later along with your bedtime. That way, you can better trick your body into believing your regular routine is still intact, despite the time change. Score!