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I don’t know about you but I really hate losing an hour of sleep. Then the next week you feel tired all the time! Well I am here with Sleep Number to help you adjust to the new time schedule a little easier. With the help of Sleep Number we wanted to share some things that are important for everyone to know.
According to a 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.
This will help your body adjust and you won’t have that tired feeling all next week. So that means start today!
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 know you say “I can drink a pot of coffee before bed and still sleep”. But what is the quality of sleep you are getting? Are you getting the deep sleep your body needs to repair and restore itself? I was doing this for years and once in a while I still do it, but I can tell the difference in how I am sleeping and it makes a huge difference in how I feel and my energy level!
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.
This would be a great time to read a book, not an e-book! It makes you tired and easier to fall asleep, plus you finally get to read that book you bought 6 months ago.
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.
I worry about the grand-kids getting enough sleep on a regular week, before, during, and after daylight saving time it is even more important. Usually on the weekends I let them stay up, but not this weekend, they stay on the early to bed schedule. Plus we get them up early Sunday so they are ready for their new scheduled bedtime.
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