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How to “Spring Ahead” with Greater Energy   
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The daylight savings time change that occurs this Sunday, March 10, signals the coming of springtime and more daylight — an instant energizer for many of us. But losing an hour of sleep, especially for those who are already sleep deprived, can be exhausting. Here are a few tips to make the whole thing easier: If you’re an early riser, you may find the time adjustment easier, with more daylight hours, an improved mood and more energy. However, night owls may have a more difficult time, as this time change can hamper their creative work and productivity. By gradually adjusting your bedtime, you can manage the hour difference more effectively. In the days prior to the time change, go to bed earlier. Start with 15 to 20 minute increments and build from there. Soon you’ll have altered your sleep schedule to accommodate the lost hour when we spring ahead.

If you aren’t able to adjust to the time change prior to it happening, here are a few things you can do after the fact: In the week or two after the time change, avoid caffeinated products in the afternoon and evening hours. Instead, take a brisk walk to reenergize. You could also swap that afternoon coffee with a power nap, but keep it to just 15 to 20 minutes and take the nap before 3 p.m. Napping later in the day can interfere with falling asleep at your regular bedtime. Most importantly, try to focus on what is positive about “springing ahead”— the chance to enjoy more daylight!
 

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