FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Daylight saving time begins on Sunday, but you should start preparing for it now.
We lose an hour of sleep on at 2 a.m. Sunday as the clocks jump ahead one hour.
It will last through November 1, when we gain that hour back.
About 70 countries partake in changing their clocks each year.
You can read more about the history of it here.
But it's not always best for our health.
In a study published in Current Biology, researchers determined that there is a 6% increase in the risk of fatal traffic accidents during the transition from standard time to daylight saving time.
There are a few things you can do to prepare your sleep habits for the change.
About a week before, doctors recommend that you start shifting the time you go to sleep and wake up by 10 minutes earlier each day.
The night before, you can go to bed half an hour early and sleep in half an hour or go to sleep an hour earlier.
In addition to adjusting your sleep habits, you can adjust your eating habits and mealtimes.
Those are important cues to our internal clocks.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine released a statement in October in support of eliminating the seasonal time changes in favor of a national, fixed, year-round time.