Photo of an old fashioned clock in a meadow of grass.

Daylight saving time starts Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m. local time, which means our clocks will jump ahead an hour (i.e., to 3 a.m.).  

On the bright side, we’ll enjoy more sunshine in the evenings. However, it also means that we’ll lose an hour of sleep and wake up to darker mornings. Even if it’s only an hour, it can be hard to adjust to abrupt time changes.  

Here are some tips and reminders to help you prepare for and recoup from daylight saving time. 

1. Change your clocks in advance

While your phone and computer may update the time automatically, other clocks around your house will not. Set yourself up for success by changing your manual clocks ahead by an hour on Saturday, March 9 before you go to bed. This can include things like your stove, microwave, car and more. Setting your clocks in advance can stave off confusion around what time it is come March 10. 

2. Stick to your normal sleep schedule

We get it—staying up an extra hour because the clock says 11 p.m. but it feels like 10 p.m. can be tempting. However, it’s better to stick to your normal sleeping and morning schedules. For instance, if you go to bed at 10 p.m. before the time changes, continue to go to bed at that time. 

If you’re struggling or don’t feel tired at your usual time, try easing into it by going to bed 15 minutes earlier every few days. This will help you maintain a normal bedtime schedule and avoid restless nights. It’s also a good idea to limit your screen time and caffeine intake later in the day, as these can disrupt sleep patterns. 

Need more help? Check out these tips to help adjust your sleep schedule. 

3. Soak up the sun

Long days mean we have more time to get outside and soak up the sun’s rays. This is not only good for our mental health but can also help your circadian rhythm and make us feel more energized. Plus, you’ll get the benefit of extra vitamin D. Just remember to wear broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30. 

If sunshine late in the day makes it harder to sleep, consider using a sleep mask or investing in blackout curtains. This can help you relax and maintain your bedtime routine, so you can get adequate sleep throughout the spring and summer. 

4. Take a nap

If you’re feeling groggy during the day or are tired from sleep loss, consider taking a 20- to 30-minute nap during the day. You can find specialized nap pods around campus, including at the Rec Center and the third-floor Wellness Suite in Wardenburg.  

Still tired? Check out these tips for ways to stay awake without caffeine. 

5. Avoid the snooze button

Did you know that hitting the snooze button in the mornings can actually hinder your ability to wake up? Try to break the habit by setting an alarm that’s 10 minutes later than you normally would and place your phone or alarm clock out of reach. This will force you to get out of bed, which can help you jumpstart your day. 



Peer Wellness Coaching

Students can meet with a peer wellness coach for free to discuss issues related to sleep, stress, relationships, time management, self-image, self-care, finances, goal-setting and more.  

Available for students 

Nap pods

If you’re feeling tired during the day, a quick 20-minute nap may help you feel more rested and alert without impacting your nightly routine. Check out the Relaxation Station nap pods available at The Rec and the third-floor Wellness Suite in Wardenburg Health Center. 

Available for students, staff and faculty

Apothecary Pharmacy

The Apothecary Pharmacy at Wardenburg Health Center is a great place to purchase over-the-counter sleep aids, sunscreen, herbal teas and more. Stop by Wardenburg to browse their full selection. 

Available for students, staff and faculty

Massage and acupuncture

If you’re struggling with persistent sleep issues, massage or acupuncture may help. Medical Services provides massage, ear seeding and traditional acupuncture services that are proven to help with sleep, stress, anxiety and other concerns. 

Available for students, staff and faculty

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