(StatePoint) – It’s time to fall back. Daylight Saving Time ends on Nov. 3.
On Sunday, most North Americans will mark it by moving their clocks back an hour.
Daylight Saving Time may end like clockwork each fall, but that doesn’t make the transition any easier. Here are four ways to avoid scheduling snafus, missed appointments and lost sleep.
• Revamp Evenings: Time changes are best handled when you’re wellrested. Encourage plenty of sleep in the weeks ahead. Before bed, avoid activities that make sleep more evasive, such as looking at bright screens, consuming caffeine or indulging in too much alcohol. A vigorous workout, while great for your cardio health, is best performed at least several hours before lights out.
• Connected Tech: You don’t necessarily need a smartwatch to avoid the hassle and potential risk of forgetting to wind watches back. Instead, consider a connected watch that updates automatically when Daylight Saving Time starts or ends or when traveling to a different time zone.
For example, the shock-resistant, solarpowered G-Shock GSTB100XA-1A is equipped with Bluetooth that lets it connect with a smartphone to receive time information from an internet time server.
Likewise, the Casio Edifice EQB1000D1A, a new high-spec super-slim model with phone linking capabilities can keep you further on track with a daily alarm, full auto-calendar and stopwatch.
• Avoid Anxiety: The anxiety caused by a time change can ironically make it harder to function. Make a point of engaging in some stress-reducing activities like meditation, yoga or relaxing with a book. These activities can also serve to create a calming bedtime routine.
• Think of the Family: Time changes can be especially difficult on young children and pets who don’t understand why bedtimes and feeding schedules have changed. Ease kids and furry creatures into the time change by shifting their schedules 10-15 minutes each day.
While “falling back” is a time-honored tradition, it can take its toll on schedules and health. With some smart strategies, you can set your clocks back with ease.