How to Prepare for the End of Daylight Savings Time

Be prepared for the changes on Daylight Savings Time by planning ahead.

Understand the Season
Daylight Savings Time began to avoid wasting summer sun during working hours. Some people say that Daylight Savings Time is outdated, but it’s become a part of the yearly calendar. Many businesses still benefit from the Daylight Savings Time schedule.

Set Your Clocks Back
Some of your devices — iPhones and other electronics — will update automatically. Be sure to set your clocks back, especially if they also serve as your alarm. Also, change the clocks in your kitchen appliances, watches, and cars. This will avoid any confusion once Daylight Savings Time ends.

Change Your Sleep Schedule
Most people are anxious to “fall back” with the new season. But children may have trouble coping with the change to their sleep schedule. Prepare your children by taking the following steps before they go to bed and when they wake up.

Close the Curtains.
The mornings will be brighter, so shut the blinds and close the curtains.

Cut Screen Time.
Turn off the TV sooner in the autumn.  Make it a goal to turn off all electronics at least one hour before bedtime.

Start Slow.
Change your kids’ bedtime the week before November 1. Encourage your children to go to bed 10 minutes earlier one evening, 20 minutes earlier the next, and then 30 minutes. This will make bedtime go smoother when it’s still light outside.

Make a Snack.
Help your children wind down by giving them a small snack before bedtime. Try making a warm glass of milk or a cup of yogurt.

Let in the Light.
Your children may have trouble waking up in the morning. Beat the grogginess by turning on all the lights and letting in the sunlight.

Adjust Your Workout Routine
It may get dark sooner, but that doesn’t mean you have to go into hibernation. Change your workout plan to fit the season. If you normally run outside after work, then exercise in the morning. Or try joining a gym that will allow you to work out anytime. You can also stay in your home and find a yoga or Pilates video on YouTube.

Decide What’s for Dinner
You may feel less inclined to cook when it’s dark outside. Try preparing your meals ahead of time or using crock-pot recipes. This way, you won’t have to run to the store at nighttime.

Boost Your Breakfast
With these changes to your schedule, you may have trouble getting going in the morning. Get some energy by making a filling breakfast ahead of time.  Here are a few ideas.

Baked Banana-Pecan Oatmeal
Recipe from Martha Stewart

1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 firm-ripe bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 tablespoons packed dark-brown sugar
1/4 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

In a medium pot, bring 4 1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in oats and salt and cook 1 minute. Let cool, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

Bring oatmeal to a simmer over medium-high. Cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in milk and vanilla. Transfer to a pie plate.

Heat broiler, with rack 4 inches from heat. Top oatmeal with bananas and brown sugar and broil for 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with pecans.

Sausage and Potato Pockets
Recipe from Real Simple

½ pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
½ pound new potatoes, thinly sliced
6 ounces fully cooked chicken sausage links
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
4 ounces Gruyère or Cheddar, grated (1 cup)
1 pound whole-grain or whole-wheat pizza dough
Flour, for the work surface

Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss the mushrooms, potatoes, and sausage with the oil and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Roast, tossing once, for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool, transfer to a bowl, and fold in the spinach and cheese.

Divide the dough into 6 pieces and, on a floured surface, pull and roll each into a 6-inch round.

Spoon the spinach mixture onto one side of each round (about cup per round), leaving a ½-inch border. Dot the border with water, fold the dough over to form a semicircle, and press firmly to seal.

Place the pockets on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cut several slits in each, and bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.


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