This Sunday at 2 AM we spring forward in time for Daylight Saving Time. While we gain more sunlight, adjusting to the time change can take a toll on our health. For example, University of Alabama researchers found that setting clocks forward one hour is associated with a 10 percent increase in the risk of heart attacks.

To ease your transition into the new season:

• Go to bed earlier. Get ready for the time change a few days in advance by going to sleep 30 minutes earlier. Hitting the hay half an hour earlier will prepare your internal clock for waking up an hour earlier on Monday. By making this extra effort, your body won’t have to fight against the extra 20 or 30 minutes of sleep it wants.

• Adjust your clock the day before. If you have a relaxed schedule on Saturday, set your clocks forward earlier in the day. Shifting the times of daily activities and meals can help prepare for the adjustment.

• Get a good night’s sleep. Try not to nap during the weekend, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine or any other substances that can affect your ability to fall asleep.

• Remember to exercise. Don’t slack off going into the weekend — be sure you’re walking, hiking, doing yard work, going to the gym, etc. Since you’ll be trying to go to bed earlier Saturday and Sunday this will help you fall asleep. Just don’t do strenuous workouts close to bedtime, since they may make it more difficult to fall asleep.

• Be productive Sunday morning. On Sunday morning, avoid laziness. Expose yourself to as much sunlight as you can. Not only will it boost your energy levels, but it will also make you more alert.

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