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Daylight Saving Time 2014 hits this weekend: Time to spring ahead

Don't forget it's spring forward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time 2014
Don't forget it's spring forward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time 2014
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Daylight Saving Time 2014 begins Sunday, and people are bracing themselves to lose a treasured hour of sleep. What do people need to know about the change this weekend, and what are the best strategies for surviving the shift? ABC News shared the details on March 7.

It's time to spring forward as Saturday night rolls into Sunday morning this weekend, marking the beginning of Daylight Saving Time 2014. For many, that means a wonky Monday morning, especially if there are kids involved as both mornings and bedtimes can feel out of sync. ABC News notes that this is a legitimate challenge for many people, despite the fact it's a simple one-hour shift that hits at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 9.

How can people make the transition to Daylight Saving Time 2014 easier? It's especially tough for many throughout the country who are still dealing with piles of snow and colder-than-normal temperatures. ABC News notes that getting up and outside to soak up any available sunshine is a valuable move on both Saturday and Sunday, to help the brain make the adjustment. They note that direct sunlight outdoors is key in this strategy, as sunlight through the window won't cut it.

It seems staying away from direct sunlight Sunday and Monday evenings can help reset the body clock as well. Some people may want to try a touch of added melatonin over the course of the weekend to help the body sync up to the new schedule. Usually by the time the middle of the week rolls around most people have adjusted, though many families feel the ramifications of the shift for a bit longer as kids often struggle to adjust.

What are your best Daylight Saving Time 2014 strategies to make the transitions easier?