Monday is going to be hell. For the first time in a long time, kids are not out on Spring Break the Monday after Daylight Savings begins. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, we set our clocks forward one hour.

Think about a Monday morning where 6 a.m. is much darker than the week before. A Monday morning with kids not wanting to get out of bed even more so than a typical Monday morning.

It might be the Monday to end all Mondays.

What can you do?

A few years ago, Dr. Nina Desai, a family doctor at Baylor Scott & White Clinic Austin-North Burnet, offered these tips to help make the transition:

About three days before the time change, try moving your bedtime 15-20 minutes earlier. This gradual change, along with adjusting your wake time 15-20 minutes, can help decrease the symptoms of fatigue and irritability.

Try dimming the lights for about an hour before bedtime.

Avoid electronics and screen time on computers, tablets and phones. This can keep your body’s clock in check so you feel ready to wake up in the morning and ready for bed at night.

Get plenty of sleep leading up to the time change to avoid health and safety risks.

While it’s normal to feel tired for as much as a week after the time change hits, if you continue to feel tired or you already feel tired all the time, Desai wants you to go see your doctor to rule out a sleep disorder, metabolic disorder, depression or anxiety.

And know that time changes often affects babies, young children and seniors the most.

I would also add pets to that. No one in the house is going to want to get up before dawn officially cracks on Monday.

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