Disclosure: Thanks to Sleep Number for sponsoring this post.
It might not feel like Spring time around the country, but it’s coming. Can you even believe that Sunday, March 8th is Daylight Savings Time?! Yeah I couldn’t either. If you are like me, there are always mixed emotions when it comes to Daylight Savings Time (DST). I like it and I dislike it at times, but one thing is for sure it’s happening. Thanks to Sleep Number, here’s a few sleeping tips for daylight savings time change.
15 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 DST 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 3-4 days.
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 consumer caffeine after noon as it may impede your sleep.
ok maybe not this way into the future..
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 U.S. are the biggest tech-in-bed offenders, with 66 percent of respondents bringing devices to bed.
Here’s Tina Fey reiterating…
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 diet). And, women are more likely to focus on improving their sleep compared to men. Sleep Number’s SleepIQ technology offers a simple solution to those who want to know better sleep.
What will our family do to prevent the feeling the lost hour? We will probably work in a few of these tips, specially the 15 minutes. We have black out curtains in our home so when it’s bed time, it looks like bedtime. So putting the boys to bed early and getting ourselves in bed early Saturday evening will the best way for us to “spring forward.” In my opinion. Here’s to an easy transition for you and your family!
Which tip will you be trying this weekend?
Thanks to Sleep Number for sponsoring this post.