Managing Daylight Savings Time

Daylight Savings Time is on Sunday, March 10, 2024. Having one less hour in the day can add an extra layer of stress for caregivers as it can disrupt their already demanding routines and affect the well-being of those they care for. It is important to be proactive and implement strategies to mitigate the effects.

Here are some tips to help manage sleep and stress during this transition into Daylight Savings Time:

  1. Plan ahead and gradually adjust your sleep schedule a few days before the time change. Start by going to bed and waking up 10-15 minutes earlier a few days prior.
  2. Create a relaxing bedtime routine by establishing a calming environment. This could include activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation.
  3. Practice self-care and manage your stress level by taking care of your own well-being. Engaging in stress-reducing activities such as exercise, yoga, mindfulness meditation, or spending time in nature can help reduce your stress. Managing stress can help improve sleep quality and overall well-being.
  4. If you continue to struggle with sleep or stress, consider seeking professional help if needed.

By being proactive and implementing these strategies, caregivers can navigate the challenges of Daylight Savings Time more effectively, ensuring the well-being of both themselves and those they care for.

Kaitlyn Cummings, BSN, RN