Courtesy of National Weather Service.

CDCR Employee Health and Wellness reminds you Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends on Sunday, Nov., 5 at 2 a.m. Most Americans will set their clocks back an hour at this time. This makes for darker days, but they will gain an extra hour of sleep.

Although many widely used electronic devices such as cell phones are updated automatically, continue to double-check.

Here are some tips on how to deal with the time change:

  • Gradually transition into the time change – Make gradual adjustments. Go to bed 15 minutes early, starting several days before the change.
  • It might take a few days to feel 100 percent normal, but fear not: Your body will adjust to the new light-dark cycle.
  • Make sleep a priority by keeping consistent sleep (bedtime) and wake schedules-even on the weekends.
  • Remember that every child is different and will adjust differently to the changes to their sleep schedule. It takes several days to adjust to the new times, so be prepared to wake up earlier than usual on occasions.
  • As a convenient reminder, many fire departments encourage people to change the battery in their smoke/carbon monoxide detectors when changing their clocks.