daylight-savings-time1Each year, Daylight Savings Time causes millions of Americans to lose an hour of sleep. March 10 marks the start of Daylight Savings Time this year and though computer clocks may automatically adjust, our bodies will not. Making the adjustment requires changing the sleep schedule to avoid missed appointments and sleep deprivation that can affect skin and other parts of the body.

 

Though we welcome more daylight into our lives, we do not welcome the sleep disturbance that Daylight Savings Time brings. To prepare our bodies for the change, we should limit our caffeine intake immediately before and for a few days after the time change. This provides time for our bodies to adjust naturally. Before going to bed on March 9, we should adjust timekeeping devices to one hour ahead of the current time because the time change occurs at 2 AM.