Don’t forget to change your clocks: Daylight saving time is imminent

As we move towards daylight savings time, WTOP's Luke Lukert provides a few tips to prepare for the loss of sleep.

It’s almost that time of year again when you’ll need to change your clocks — or at the very least, be aware that your clocks will soon automatically leap forward one hour.

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead by an hour before heading to bed that Saturday evening.

If you happen to be up late Sunday, keep in mind that means the 2 a.m. hour will be skipped — so what would’ve been 2 a.m. will jump to 3 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The annual spring forward means sunrise and sunset will come about an hour later, allowing for longer daylight hours in the evening.

Don’t forget to make the adjustment to your clocks, including those on your kitchen appliances, phones, computers and other electronics, though most internet-enabled devices should adjust on their own.

A sudden shift in sleep schedule can also disrupt a person’s circadian rhythm and cause fatigue, headaches and other health issues.

To avoid this, experts recommend gradually adjusting your sleep schedule by going to bed slightly earlier each night leading up to the time change. Getting plenty of sunlight exposure during the day, especially in the morning, can help reset your body clock.

Proper hydration can help combat fatigue and headaches. Be mindful of caffeine and alcohol intake, which can interfere with your sleep quality and exacerbate the effects of the time shift.

The twice-a-year ritual has led some members of Congress to push for daylight saving time to become permanent. A proposal that would’ve done just that passed in the Senate by unanimous consent last year but lapsed without a vote in the House.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio revived the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act earlier this month, deriding the practice of changing time as “antiquated” and “stupid.”

Supporters said the idea would have positive effects on public health and the economy, and even cut energy consumption.

Assuming the rules don’t change, most of the U.S. will be on daylight saving time until Sunday, Nov. 5. Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and most of Arizona do not observe daylight saving time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Alejandro Alvarez

Alejandro Alvarez joined WTOP as a digital journalist and editor in June 2018. He is a reporter and photographer focusing on politics, political activism and international affairs.

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