Daylight Saving Time starts on Mar 12, 2017
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 12, 2017, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 12, 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.
Surviving the Daylight Savings Time Change
We have lost an hour of sleep…. just like that. Almost everyone has adjusted their clocks forward an hour on Sunday March 12th 2017.
It should not affect us as much as it does, but the effects of daylight saving time can be described as what you experience with having jet lag: the sense of having less energy, less mental alertness and simply feeling tired overall. At some point your body will adjust, but there are a few things you can do to overcome yet staying safe and healthy.
- Over the next week, try to get some sun in the morning (yes, we live in Sunny Manitoba and have plenty of sunshine on most days)—sit by an East or South facing window while you have your breakfast, or go for a quick walk around the block. It can help your internal clock sync up to the time change.
- This may be hard but don’t take a nap. Long naps can mess up with your sleeping pattern for later in the night – you may end up staying awake longer since you cannot fall asleep. If you must take a mid-day siesta, don’t do it too close to bedtime, keep it short and no more than 20 minutes.
- Avoid drinking. Alcohol seems like it should help you sleep—and, at first, it does. But drinking can actually reduce REM sleep, which is thought to be the best kind of sleep one can expect.
- Allow yourself extra time to get to wherever you’re going so you can focus on getting there safely and not have to rush and worry about being late.
- Exercise! Working out releases serotonin, a brain chemical that helps our bodies adjust. Exercising outdoors can be especially helpful for your internal clock to reset or synchronize. You can also do a few jumping jacks or simply try running in place to get your heart pumping.
Try all or a few of these tips and they should help your body adjust to the daylight savings time change faster.