I can’t believe it, this Sunday is Daylight Savings time. It seems like just yesterday we were turning our clocks back and now it’s time to turn them up one hour and Spring ahead.
Although Daylight Savings time is not an official holiday it does require a bit of preparation on our part. Preparing a short to-do- list which includes:
- change the batteries in all of the smoke detectors
- charge the fire extinguisher(s)
- turn all clocks ahead one hour (including the clock in the car & the microwave)
An ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure right? or something like that.
As I sit and write this post at past 2:00 a.m. I realized that for many of us the idea of Daylight Savings Time affects our sleep schedule more than anything. We worry that we’re losing an hour of sleep, we’re going to be cranky and our lives will be disrupted until our bodies acclimate to the time change. Not TRUE! Or let me rephrase that, it doesn’t have to be true if we do a few things, follow some tricks and tips.
Daylight Savings time, it’s a State of Mind
In this age of Technology many of us are literally tethered to our electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, tablets and computers). If we start a screen-free zone one hour before bedtime; no cell-phones, laptops, computers or tablets one hour before bedtime allows the eyes and mind to relax before getting shut-eye and allows the sleep hormone melatonin to trigger sleepiness.
- Survey results indicate that people who use devices in bed are more likely to feel they don’t get enough sleep (51%)
- People in the Western region of the U.S. are the biggest tech-in-bed offenders, with (66%) of respondents bringing devices to bed
The U.S. started implementing Daylight Savings time in 1918
In the days prior to (DST) start going to sleep 15 minutes earlier. Sleep loss is more evident in the beginning of (DST).
- According to the new national sleep survey from Sleep Number, over half (54%) of the respondents don’t feel they are getting enough sleep to be at their best
Live In the Future: “Beam Me Up Scotty!” #RIPLeonardNimoy
Start Early! Start your (DST) on Saturday instead of Sunday by following the suggested to-do- list above and sorta trick your body a day before. Drink that last cup of java at 11 a.m. because caffeine stays in your system six (6) hours, consuming it later may impede sleep.
Monitor sleep, to improve it
Sleep Number’s Sleep IQ technology offers a simple solution to those who want to know better sleep.
- (58%) of people wish they new more about how to improve the quality of their sleep, yet only (16%) actually monitor their sleep (versus 41% who track exercise and 43% who track diet). And, women are more likely to focus on improving their sleep compared to men