Every six months or so, as time crawls toward the seasonal clock change, I feel a moment of panic as I try to remember whether I'll be gaining an hour of sleep, or losing an entire hour of shut-eye. Fortunately, Nov. 4 marks the time of year when you get to "fall back" and gain an extra 60 minutes of precious snooze time. But if your body has a hard time switching up schedules, this shift could mess things up for you. Luckily, an expert has some tips for how to adjust your sleep schedule for Daylight Saving Time without throwing your entire body out of whack.
Terry Cralle, MS, RN, CPHQ, a registered nurse, certified clinical sleep educator, and Better Sleep Council spokesperson, tells Elite Daily in an email that, while gaining an hour of sleep might seem like a win-win, it could actually lead to some annoying side effects. For instance, she explains, you might starting waking up earlier than you plan to, or it might even be more difficult for you to fall asleep in general.
Luckily, the suggestions Cralle has for dealing with the time change are actually pretty fun. Whether you snack the night away or treat yourself to a brand new pair of adorable PJs, pay special attention to your sleep schedule in anticipation of Daylight Saving Time, and you'll be sure to drift off to dreamland in no time.