Sleep expert: Tips to make Daylight Saving Time easier

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) –- Daylight Saving Time occurs on Nov. 6, but experts say there are steps people can take now for a smoother transition.

Dr. Leisha Cuddihy, a sleep psychologist at Spectrum Health, says the week leading up to the time change people should push back bedtime until they are eventually going to bed an hour later.

“In order to kind of ease yourself into that [change] a little better, you want to start going to bed 15 minutes later every couple of days,” she explained.

Dr. Cuddihy said people can apply the same logic to things like dinner time as well.

“Be aware that it is a change that your body needs to adjust to,” Cuddihy said. “If in the past you’ve had trouble with it, start early.”

Here are a few more suggestions for better sleep:

  • Don’t lay in bed if you’re not falling asleep
  • Try getting up to read a book or complete a small activity
  • Try not to eat a large meal close to bedtime
  • Keep consistent wake up and sleep routines

Dr. Cuddihy noted that it’s normal to feel a little groggy for several days after the time change.

The change officially occurs at 2 a.m. local time on Nov. 6. Clocks should be set back an hour marking the annual shift back to standard time.