Fayetteville, Get Ready For The End Of Daylight Saving Time This Weekend
It’s that time of year again! The end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend means we “fall back” and set our clocks one hour behind. A special thanks to our friends at Fayetteville Public Works Commission for helping us share this reminder!
Thankfully this means we gain an extra hour of sleep, which I think is fair considering the fact that it gets darker much earlier in the day this time of year. There are a few steps you can take to maximize your sleep schedule for the fall and winter seasons as well.
According to this report from Today, sleep specialist Courtney Bancroft provides a few methods to help you adjust to the end of Daylight Saving Time.
The first method entails adjusting your sleep schedule four days before the time change. This would involve shifting your wake up times to 15 minutes earlier than normal. So if you usually go to bed around 10 p.m. and wake up at 7 a.m., you would instead shoot for a 9:45 bed time so you can be up and at ’em at 6:45.
Given the amount of time needed for this plan, you would’ve had to start it earlier in the week. Thankfully there is another two day sleep plan that you can use this weekend. Bancroft recommends staying up a half hour later than normal on Saturday night, then trying to wake up around the same time as usual for Sunday.
This will allow you to enjoy an extra half hour of sleep, and Bancroft suggests it will help you “adjust more quickly, less drastically.”
The third and final method is to be used the night before the switch, and it involves you waking up a full hour before your normal wake up time on Sunday. So if you normally wake up at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, you want to set an alarm for 6 a.m. instead.
Bancroft says this method will “help your sleep drive shift to become ‘hungrier’ for sleep earlier that evening.” This plan is mainly recommended to “morning people” who don’t mind waking up a little earlier.
However you choose to adjust to the time switch, I hope you’re able to enjoy as much sleep as possible. Enjoy those extra ZZZZZZZZs!