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Sleep Number Helping You Adjust to Daylight Savings Time


It’s that time of year once again… Daylight Savings Time. I know the reasoning behind the theory, but that doesn’t make the adjustment to my schedule any easier. You will need to Spring Forward, by setting your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed, this coming Saturday, March 7, 2015.

Listed below are Daylight Savings Time tips, in conjunction with Sleep Number, along with a few of my own suggestions which might help of each us make the time change a little smoother.

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; doing this consecutively 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 will be noon with the time change). Since caffeine has an approximate half-life of 6 hours, you don’t want to consume caffeine after lunch time, as it may impede your sleep that evening.

Put down the screens: Survey results indicate that people who use tech devices (phone, tablet etc) in bed are more likely to feel that don’t get penlight sleep (51 percent). Always make a screen free zone about an hour before bedtime, which gives the eyes and mind time to relax before you begin getting shut-eye (and allows the sleep hormone melatonin to trigger sleepiness). People in the Western region of the US are the biggest tech-in-bed offenders, with 66 percent of respondents bringing devices to bed; according to the survey.

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.

When my children we’re young I’d set the alarm clocks ahead by 5 minutes each day the week before DST, to help ensure they were able to rise and shine in time for school without too much grumbling in the ranks.

At bed time if it was still light outdoors, I’d pull the shades in their rooms earlier than normal to help them prepare for bedtime.

DST provides more daylight hours, which can be used for outdoor exercise and yard work. Another benefit of outdoor sun exposure is vitamin D, which can be absorbed through the skin. Make sure you apply sun screen to prevent skin damage from the sun.

I enjoy being able to stay outdoors longer in the evening, even after the sun goes down. Nothing like relaxing with a cuppa decaf tea, while enjoying the star show before bedtime.

Just think, we can recapture the lost hour by Falling Back on Sunday, November 1, 2015. 🙂

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