It’s easy to have a love-hate relationship with Daylight Saving Time starting.
On the one hand, you have to set your clock an hour ahead, losing precious time to sleep in, but on the other, it gets a lot easier to tell that spring will have sprung pretty soon because of the sunshine.
A permanent spring forward? Should Daylight Saving Time be year-round? pic.twitter.com/WIc2ExjISa
— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 9, 2018
Get to sleep at a decent hour on Sunday night
Yep, that’s right — because setting our clocks ahead one hour will result in one less hour of sleep for all of us.
But don’t overdo it if you’re feeling super sleepy while on the road. It’s better to take some time to regroup than to rush and potentially endanger yourself and others.
Daylight savings time starts this Sunday. The time change could affect your sleep pattern and make you at risk for drowsy driving. Driving drowsy could impair you as much as drunk or drugged driving. If you're tired, take a break. Stay Awake, Stay Alive. https://t.co/CTtkpQUwxd pic.twitter.com/7EYk5zAd4D
— GTSC (@NYSGTSC) March 8, 2018
Don’t forget — there will be more sunlight during the day!
The sun might still be up when you head out of work, possibly leaving you with more energy to do things like hitting the gym and socialize after-hours.
Since you won’t have to deal with the early darkness that blankets the winter months, you should use this time to get into the mood for spring by eventually lightening up your wardrobe and shaking off the need to strictly hibernate at home once work is over for the day.
It’ll be easier to dream about spring when you head home.
Reset the time on your appliances and devices on Saturday night
If you don’t, you might be a little confused about what time it really is when you wake up on Sunday morning.
“Daylight saving time officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks are pushed forward one hour to 3 a.m.,” NBC Los Angeles reports. “When you go to bed on Saturday night, don’t forget to turn your watches, alarms, and microwaves forward an hour. Electronic devices, like cellphones, by default, are set to automatically update the time as it changes.”
Doing it before it’s absolutely necessary will save you time and effort.