Get ready to spring those clocks forward. Daylight saving time, the nonsensical tradition that everyone loves to hate, begins on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2 a.m.
The time will "spring forward" an hour, which means you'll be adding more daylight to your days -- but also losing a precious hour of sleep.
And while that might not seem like much, even this small disruption can mess with your circadian rhythm, resulting in fewer Zs. It can also take up to a week for your body to adjust to the time change, according to Harvard Health. A lack of sleep can lead to irritability and lack of focus and severe sleep loss can lead to a weakened immune system and a host of health problems.
Luckily, there are ways to minimize Daylight Saving's effect. Here are a few ways to prep yourself for bed during the day so you can make the most of your sleep at night:
Cut off caffeine. That late-afternoon coffee break may contribute to wakeful hours later on. Try eliminating your java intake at least six hours before bed just to be sure.
Nix the nightcap. It's tempting to stay out on a Saturday night, but even just the slightest bit of alcohol can disturb your sleep. Cut out the late-night vice and opt for another beverage instead.
Set up a sleep haven. Make your bed a place you actually want to crawl into by selecting comfortable sheets and making sure your pillows and covers are clean. Also be sure to reserve the space for sleep and sex only. The more you do in your bed (like work) the less likely you are to associate it with rest.
Stick to a schedule. You're more likely to have higher quality of sleep if you prioritize bedtime. Try to go to sleep around the same time every night -- even with the time change.
Looking for more ways to fall asleep? Try one of these helpful hints. Daylight Saving Time has nothing on you.