Practical tips to help you spring forward this weekend

March 9, 2018

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead this weekend, as we leap forward from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sunday with the start of daylight saving time. Losing an hour of sleep can be a difficult transition for some people, so LHSC sleep medicine specialist Dr. Michael Mak offers the following practical tips to make the spring forward a little easier.

  • Make the transition less abrupt by gradually waking up earlier, taking into consideration that our clocks will be set one hour ahead this Sunday
  • Expose yourself to natural sunlight or bright lights in your home first thing in the morning. This will train your circadian rhythm (internal body clock) to induce an earlier onset of sleep at nighttime to coincide with the time change
  • Try to wake up every day at the same time, and only go to bed when you feel sleepy
  • Avoid television, and other electronic devices like smartphones and tablets an hour before bedtime

As well, our Injury Prevention team reminds you to ensure that you are well rested before getting behind the wheel as a lack of sleep is a well-known factor in serious and fatal collisions.