March 8, 2015...Sunday! Just two days from now! That's when Daylight Savings Time will be here. If you're like me, you're shaking your head and thinking, 'wasn't it just Christmas?' Seriously time has been flying by and Spring is just around the corner. That means it's time to Spring Ahead and set your clocks up one hour when the day arrives.
In addition to charging the fire extinguisher, replacing batteries in your smoke detectors, and setting forward your clock, Sleep Number believes that Daylight Savings Time is also a great way to reset your internal sleeping clock.
According to a new national sleep survey from Sleep Number, over half of the people participating (54% of the respondents) didn't feel they were getting enough sleep at night. It should come as no surprise then, that when Daylight Savings Time rolls around, people can really feel the impact from that extra hour of sleep lost.
I love the phrase Sleep Number makes when they say, 'not to boil the ocean,' when trying to prepare for DST. Or...in other words, just taking small, steady steps to ease into the transition. Start going to bed 15 minutes early tongiht; live your life tomorrow as if it's already on the DST clock; cut the caffeine intake an hour before lunchtime so you don't impede your sleep; put away the screens.
Those last two are hard for me because a). I tend to be a nighttime coffee drinker instead of an a.m. drinker (unless I'm on vacation), and b). I hop right on the blog these days after the kids have gone to bed. Studies show, however, that caffeine has a 6-hour half-life, so drinking it after lunchtime could result in less than sound sleep for those who partake later in the day. Results also showed that screen time can wreak havoc on your sleep. With 66% of the study respondents admitting to bringing electronic devices to bed, it's no wonder people are walking around rubbing their eyes and yawning in the morning. Our eyes and minds need time to rest, so putting down the screens an hour before bedtime, and not going back to them until the a.m. is a great way to help you get some well-deserved, and very sound sleep.
For those of you interested in tracking your sleep, be sure to check out the latest and greatest technology at Sleep Number where SleepIQ technology, provided by sensors that work directly with your Sleep Number bed, allows you to measure your average breathing rate, heart rate and movement to track how you're sleeping (pretty amazing, and very cool, right?). Designed and engineered by Sleep Number, the SleepIQ technology is powered by BAM Labs, a company whose mission is to make sleep tracking as easy as going to bed.
You can learn more about Sleep Number, SleepIQ technology, and even Daylight Savings Time adjustment tips by visiting the Sleep Number website. You can also follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter.
So tell me, what steps or measures do you take to better ease into the Daylight Savings Time routine?