November 2 marks the end of daylight saving time (in most of the country) and the day when your clocks “fall back” an hour. That means you’ll get a bonus hour of daylight in the morning, but lose an hour in the afternoon.

Although the prospect of leaving work when it’s dark out may leave some in a funk, especially my husband, there is an upside. And suggests doing these things.

Don’t change your routine on November 1
The night before the time change, just go to bed when you usually do, Breus advised.

“Most people are already sleep deprived, so in all likelihood you could use the extra hour of sleep you’ll get,” he said. “Think of it as your own little hour-long staycation.”


After the time change, maximize your sun exposure…
While your afternoon mood might suffer because of the looming darkness, Breus advises taking advantage of the extra sunlight in the morning, which can give you a mood boost to start the day. If you tend to work out in the evenings, switch your routine to the morning. At the very least, make an effort get outside during your lunch break, if only just to take a walk around the block.

And if you have kids…
The downside to falling back is that small kiddos may actually start waking up an hour earlier. But you can get them acclimated beforehand by starting a week before the time change, putting them to bed 15 minutes later, progressively each day.