Daylight Saving Time 2021: How to prepare to spring forward March 14

Daylights saving time will start at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14, 2021

VICTORIA, Texas- Daylight Saving Time is the annual practice of moving our clocks forward one hour on March 14 from Standard Time during the summer months then changing them back again during the winter months to make better use of natural daylight during the evenings. You’ll want to change your clocks one hour forward on Saturday night if your smart devices do not do it automatically.

The concept of Daylight Saving Time as we know it today started in 2007 when Congress declared Daylight Saving time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the second Sunday of November, a span of about eight months. The only U.S. exceptions to the DST are Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.

We all have a biological clock that helps us stay healthy and active throughout the day and a sudden change to this can affect your daily body schedule. The lost hour of sleep can leave you feeling groggy as the body tries to adjust accordingly. Studies have shown both heart attacks and fatal car crashes increase after the time shift.

Although adjusting to the time change is different for everyone, for your health and safety, here are some tips to get you through the time change.

1. Start preparing a few days or weeks earlier for the change. Going to bed earlier even by 30 minutes can improve your ability to adjust to the time change and get higher quality sleep.

2. Continue your daily routine so your body remembers how to adjust. Humans are built on routines so by sticking to your routine will help keep your body healthy.

3. Do not take a long nap to combat your lost hour of sleep. After a restless night, we get tempted to take a nap during the day to catch up on sleep, but this will continue to negatively affect your sleep schedule, instead take a short power nap to give you that extra boost.

Try to gradually adjust to the time change as soon as you can to lessen the effects caused by Daylight Saving Time. Another perfect excuse to get some more sleep.

By Cristian Delgado, KAVU-TV

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