Friday, March 6, 2015

Sleep tips to prepare for DST from Sleep Number

Hey guys! Are you excited about Daylight Savings Time (DST)? Well in case you didn't know, I wanted to tell you DST begins this Sunday, March 8th.

I actually love the long term benefits of DST, longer days, etc. I love how it will start staying so light later in the day. It also makes me feel that Spring is just around the corner along with some warmer weather.

But of course there's the first day to get used to the time change. And if you're like me it can seem like at least a week before you get used to DST again. maybe more. Do you guys feel that way?

Well Sleep Number has some really good tips to help you prepare for DST.

  1.     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.

Great tip! I really should do that this year. Start now 15 min earlier! This could help make adusting easier.

    2.       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. 

I have been trying to cut down on caffeine anyway. I never thought on DST to stop earlier, good idea! 

     3.     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.

sometimes I read my kindle in bed, but other than that don't do this. but good advice!

4.  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.  

wow I never thought of this, interesting. I should look into this more.

What about you? Do you like these tips? Do you have any of your own? Share in comments. And for more advice & tips from Sleep Number on preparing for DST visit their information page here. 

Disclosure: I worked with Sleep Number on this post. This is a sponsored post written by me with tips from Sleep Number.

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