Adjust Your Clocks and Watches — Daylight Saving Time Is Here!
It’s Officially Springtime on March 14th!
On March 14th, people in most parts of the country will be setting their clocks and watches an hour ahead. Our days will start earlier once again, and of course, we’ll need to reset our sleeping routine. Daylight saving time is about to start!
4 Benefits of DST
While springing forward each year isn’t something most of us are exactly thrilled about, it doesn’t have to be seen as a terrible thing. True, it throws off your entire schedule, gets your body to adjust to certain changes, and causes you to lose an extra hour of sleep in the morning, but guess what? It also brings a ton of perks that might surprise you. Here are those perks:
1. It reduces energy consumption.
Using more natural daylight means using less artificial light, and using less artificial light means spending less on your energy cost. You’ll be saving a chunk of cash while protecting our environment at the same time!
2. We can enjoy more light in the evening.
Losing one hour of sleep may not be so bad if you’re trading it for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Think about it: You get to do more activities outside before you can head home and call it a day.
3. Vehicular accidents are reduced.
Driving in broad daylight is always safer and easier than doing it at night. Statistics show that hundreds of lives could be saved per year if daylight saving time was implemented all year-round.
4. The crime rate drops.
Aside from lowering the incidence of traffic accidents, DST has also been linked to a decrease in criminal activities. Research has revealed that the extra hour of daylight during these months significantly reduces rates of robberies, murders, and sexual assaults. As such, we wouldn’t be surprised if our cops are huge fans of daylight saving time.
How to Get Your Body Ready for DST
Transitioning to a new routine can be hard. However, there are things you can do to make the switch less of a challenge. Take a look at them below:
1. Catch some extra z’s.
The most effective way to prepare for the lost hours of sleep is by building up to it. In the days leading up to the start of daylight saving, be sure that you head to bed 15 to 30 minutes before your regular bedtime. It’s also a good idea to stay well-rested the week before the time change.
2. Reduce your screen time before bedtime.
Using electronic devices can block out the production of melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleep. That said, put your phone, tablet, laptop, or other gadgets away an hour before hitting the sack. Pick up a good book, drink tea, or meditate instead.
3. Stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine.
As much as possible, don’t drink any caffeinated or alcoholic beverages 4 to 6 hours before you doze off. Like caffeine, alcohol also prohibits you from getting quality sleep, contrary to the popular belief that it helps you fall asleep faster. Nicotine is another no-no, as it tends to block sleep-inducing chemicals.
4. Say no to long naps.
If you’ve accustomed your body to take naps during mid-day, we hate to tell you that you’ll need to stop it now that daylight saving time is about to start. Since long daytime naps may make it harder for you to get a full night’s sleep, avoiding them is the best way to help your body adjust to the time change. You can still take quick 20-minute naps though.
Support Breast Cancer-Stricken Women in Your Area
Once you’re done setting all your clocks and watches for daylight saving time, how about helping give needy breast cancer patients in your community more time to spend with their loved ones by helping them beat the disease and extend their lives?
You can easily do that if you happen to own a vehicle that you no longer use. All you have to do is to donate that vehicle to us at Breast Cancer Car Donations.
Your auto donation will help fund a range of breast health services that our IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit partners deliver to their beneficiaries. We will sell your vehicle through an auction and distribute the proceeds to these breast cancer-focused nonprofits. They use the funding we give them to provide uninsured and destitute individuals with easy access to medical facilities for their breast cancer treatment as well as screening, prevention, and counseling.
You will also benefit from your contribution. Expect a 100% tax-deductible receipt in your mailbox days after the sale of your vehicle. This receipt entitles you to claim a maximized tax deduction in the next tax season.
You will also have the privilege of getting your unwanted vehicle hauled away for free. Our vehicle removal service is available nationwide, which means we can collect your donation wherever you’re located in the country. As for paperwork, you can count on us to process everything for you.
Still, no material reward can surpass that feeling of joy and satisfaction you’ll get when you know how big of a difference your gift will bring to the needy breast cancer patients in your area.
Almost all types of vehicles are qualified for our donation program. We’ll gladly accept your vehicle regardless of its age or condition.
If you have any questions for us, just call 866-540-5069 or send us a message here. You may head over to our FAQs page to learn more about our program, including our donation process and tax deductions.
Do Something Extraordinary Today
It only takes a simple vehicle donation to make a massive impact on the lives of breast cancer patients. Get in touch with Breast Cancer Car Donations at 866-540-5069 or fill out our online donation form now!