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Daylight Saving Time Change: This weekend is the time to think about it!

The change to summer time 2024 approaches à big steps now and we must prepare for them now.

The passage à daylight saving time now arrives at big steps. An obligatory passage since the 1970s in France which makes us advance our watches by an hour every last weekend of March, which propels us into the future and therefore makes us lose an hour of sleep . If we talk about "only" An hour difference, this is nevertheless poorly experienced by part of the French population. It is therefore advisable to prepare at least a week before the time change, to minimize impacts. Here are five practical tips à apply now to pass this time change 2024.

1. Harmonize meal times now. If you are used to eating at different times. almost any time, think about it this weekend. To avoid late digestion, it is advisable to eat to have an early and light dinner. Or in any case &agrav; fixed time until the time change on the night of March 30 to 31. So it's about eating a little earlier this week (6:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. or 7 p.m. sharp instead of 8 p.m. ?), to anticipate.

2. Reduce stimulants. Consumption of stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol does not help during the time change. Starting this weekend and throughout the week, we recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, soda, chocolate and alcohol. The recommendation is clear: avoid consuming these stimulants several hours before bedtime, particularly after 4 p.m., and favor a dark environment favoring the release of the melatonin, the sleep hormone.

3. Adapt your bedtime. To facilitate the adaptation of our biological clock, it is suggested that: to gradually adjust our bedtime and wake-up times. Start by setting your alarm clock forward a few minutes each day. starting this weekend. Concretely, we advise you to set your alarm 10, 15, then 30 minutes earlier and go to bed the night before accordingly. ;eacute;quency to get used to it. For example, 10-15 minutes earlier starting this weekend, 15 minutes earlier this weekend. 30 minutes earlier Monday   Wednesday, 30 à 45 minutes Thursday and Friday and of course 1 hour earlier Saturday.

4. Expose yourself to natural light in the morning.Natural morning light plays a crucial role in adjusting the time change. By exposing yourself to sunlight as soon as we wake up, we adapt more quickly to the sunrise which will occur earlier in a week. This morning exposure is also beneficial for our mood and alertness throughout the day. So, make an effort to spend time à outside in the morning, and open the curtains and blinds wide to let the light in.

5. Take a nap in the afternoon. The two weeks surrounding the time change (one before, one after) are critical. During this period, it is important to take breaks and listen for signs of fatigue. A short nap, 10 à 20 minutes early afternoon can be particularly rejuvenating. neratrice. But be careful! Never nap after 3 p.m.!

Last advice: next Friday and Saturday, which directly precede the time change (at 2 a.m. Sunday, it will be 3 a.m.), are of particular importance. It is recommended not to stay up late on those nights. This is particularly difficult but relevant for those who are used to staying up late and are most likely to feel the effects of going to bed late. daylight saving time. Finally, setting your clocks by Saturday evening can also help to improve your health. prepare yourself mentally and remain calm.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116