Senior's Guide for Switching Over to Daylight Savings Time
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Senior's Guide for Switching Over to Daylight Savings Time

At Senior Helpers Beaverton, we understand that switching over to Daylight Savings Time can be difficult for seniors. They may respond differently than younger adults to the change in sleep schedule. Read on to find out more about Daylight Savings Time, and how to best prepare for and adjust to the time change. 

Benefits of Switching to Daylight Savings Time

More Daylight Hours

Daylight Savings Time should give seniors more daylight hours to take advantage of. More daylight means more time to get out of the house and enjoy outdoor activities. With longer days, seniors can spend more time in the sunshine and benefit from the Vitamin D exposure and general mood boost that the sunshine provides.

Improved Mental Health

The longer days and shorter nights have been proven to impact mental health positively. More daylight hours can lead to improved mood, increased energy, and a better outlook on life. 

Preparing for the Time Change

Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule

To ensure a smooth transition when switching over to Daylight Savings Time, seniors should begin to adjust their sleep schedules beforehand. Gradually shifting your wake-up and bedtime by 10-15 minutes a day for two weeks before the time change can help you become accustomed to the new schedule.

Setting Clocks and Watches

To keep your schedule on track, make sure all of your clocks and watches are set to the correct time. Note that most of the United States change their clocks back one hour on the first Sunday of November and set them forward one hour on the second Sunday of March.

Updating Electronic Devices

While the time changes in most locations, the time on many electronic devices will not. For example, your microwave, security system, thermostat, and other devices must be manually adjusted to match the time change. 

Tips for Adjusting to the Time Change

Get Plenty of Exercise

Exercising, especially in the morning, is an integral part of adjusting to the time change. Keeping active will help you stick to the new schedule by giving you natural energy and making it easier to fall asleep and wake up. Remember to always consult your doctor before beginning any new fitness routine.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol

Both caffeine and alcohol can disrupt your sleep, which is something you want to avoid when adjusting to a new sleep schedule. Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol in the evening, and limit your caffeine intake throughout the day.

Get Outdoors

The sunshine will help you adjust to your new sleep schedule and give you a mood boost to help you weather the transition. Take advantage of the extra daylight hours and go for a walk, do some gardening, or sit back and enjoy the sunshine. 

Senior Helpers Beaverton Provides At-Home Senior Care 

Switching over to Daylight Savings Time doesn't have to be difficult. With proper preparation and adjustments, seniors can readily adjust to the change. For everything else, Senior Helpers Beaverton is here to help seniors in Beaverton, King City, Hillsboro, Wilsonville, Tualatin, and Canby with attentive in-home care, assistance with daily tasks, and comfortable companionship. Contact us today to learn more about our care options.