Daylight Saving Time Starts This Weekend—Here's How to Recover From Losing an Hour of Sleep
Daylight saving time in 2022 begins on Sunday, March 13, which means at 2 a.m. local time, your clock will jump ahead to 3 a.m.—or you'll need to remember to set it to an hour later manually. Happily, the start of daylight saving time means the days will finally start getting longer and the light will stick around even later, but it also means we'll lose an hour of precious sleep—something over one-third of U.S. adults already don't get enough of, according to the CDC. And when you regularly don't sleep well or long enough, you don't just feel bad physically (sluggish, groggy, tired), everything from your immune system to your mood, appetite, and memory starts to suffer.
But don't panic if you're not your usual bright-eyed and bushy-tailed self on the morning of March 13 (or 14, or 15). Research from the Better Sleep Council finds that 40 percent of Americans need a week to recover from that lost hour, if not longer. There's always a natural adjustment period at the onset of daylight saving time, so give your body a moment to acclimate.
In the meantime, there are several proactive strategies you can use to help get your internal body clock on the right schedule, so you only feel that lost an hour of sleep for a day or so.