The end of Daylight Saving Time is Sunday and that means a body clock that’s off kilter. Luckily there are things you can do ahead of time to smooth the transition according to experts that “Today” caught up with.
- Option 1: Four days before the time change. With this four-day plan, you’ll shift your bedtimes and wake times by 15 minutes each day. If your original bed time is 11 p.m. and your wake time is 7 a.m., go to bed at 11:15 p.m. four days before the time change, and plan to wake at 7:15 a.m. Three days before, go to bed at 11:30 and wake at 7:30; two days before, sleep at 11:45 and wake at 7:45.
- Option 2: Two days before. This two-day plan is simple but effective. If you typically go to bed at 11 p.m. and your wake time is usually 7 a.m., try staying up until 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 4, and sleep in until 7:00 a.m. on Nov. 5.
- Option 3: The night before. This plan is great for early risers: Go to bed on Nov. 4 at 11 p.m. and wake at 6 a.m. instead of your regular 7 a.m. time.