Well, it's here once again...Daylight Savings Time! Most of us will "spring forward" on Saturday night which results in losing an hour of sleep. It is believed that this time change is for the benefit of farmers and children in school, but regardless of who it's really for, we all must adapt!
Over the years my family and I have managed to get through the scheduled time changes by doing things a little different so that our sleep patterns are affected as little as possible. Number one on my list is to prepare the kiddos in advance. A couple of days prior to the time change bedtime is a little bit earlier so that they will adjust their sleeping pattern before it really matters on Monday. Anything that I can put in place to ensure a stress free school morning is a blessing and a definite must!
Sleep Number believes that the beginning of Daylight Savings Time is the best time to reset your personal sleep clock and has provided a few helpful tips to help us out.
Helpful Tips and Information:
- 5 more minutes ~ According to new national sleep survey from Sleep Number, over half (54 percent) of the respondents don't feel they are getting enough sleep to be at their best. And when we lose an hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time beginning, that sleep loss is even more evident. To make the time adjustment easier, don't boil the ocean, start going to bed 15 minutes earlier than the night before...do this for 3 to 4 days for best results.
- Live in the future ~ On Saturday, live your life as if it's already an hour ahead. For example, drink your last cup of coffee at 11 am (because that is really noon). Since caffeine has an approximate half-life of 6 hours, you don't want to consume caffeine after noon as it may impede your sleep.
- Put down the screens ~ Survey results indicate that people who use devices in bed are more likely to feel they don't get enough sleep (51 percent). Always make a screen-free zone about an hour before bedtime, which gives the eyes and mind time to relax before getting shut-eye (and allows the sleep hormone melatonin to trigger sleepiness). People in the Western region of the United States are the biggest tech-in-bed offenders, with 66 percent of respondents bringing devices to bed.
- Monitor sleep to improve it ~ Fifty-eight percent of people wish they knew more about how to improve the quality of their sleep, yet only 16 percent actually monitor their sleep (versus 41 percent who track exercise and 43 percent who track their diet). Women are more likely to focus on improving their sleep compared to men.
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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Sleep Number, however, all opinions are entirely my own.