Falling back into standard time: how to prepare

(KFVS) - Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5.

We'll feel like we're gaining an hour of sleep, which most people would say is a wonderful thing. The end of DST pushes sunrise back an hour.

But, the time change can throw things a little out of whack.

We spoke with one Heartland doctor, who said he doesn't think Daylight Saving Time does us any good.

"I think nowadays it's more trouble than it's worth. We don't really gain anything," Dr. Stanley Jones with Ferguson Medical Group said. "Time is what we decide it is. And sometimes you go to bed at 5 o'clock in the afternoon and sometimes you go to bed at 10 and sometimes you go to bed at midnight."

Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself:

  1. Don't drink alcohol or coffee on Sunday. Experts say your internal clock will feel like it's afternoon when it's actually morning. So, by avoiding alcohol and coffee, you shouldn't wake up as often and will get better quality sleep.
  2. Change your clocks! It seems obvious, but don't forget to move the clock an hour back before you go to bed on Saturday night.
  3. Go outside. Soak up the sunshine as those rays keep our internal circadian rhythms on track. The sun is also serves as a natural 'pick-me-up' as the days shorten and some people deal with winter blues and seasonal affective disorder.
  4. Try not to sleep in. While it's tempting to really enjoy that extra hour of sleep, experts say you should adjust your nightly routine to compensate for the time chance. Try to go to bed an hour later than normal and wake up at your normal time so your body feels like it's just another day.

The end of DST also serves as a good reminder to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

Fire Marshal Bean also reminded Missourians to use the extra hour they'll gain when clocks "fall back" on Sunday morning, Nov. 5, to check the batteries and make replacements when necessary in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The end of Daylight Saving Time serves as an excellent reminder to test these life-saving devices.

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