Friday, March 6, 2015

Sleep Number: Helping You Prepare for Daylight Savings Time

Disclosure: This post is being sponsored by Sleep Number. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

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?

58 comments:

  1. I don't really do anything special but I do tend to go to sleep a little bit earlier for the first few days until my body adjusts to the change.

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  2. Now that the kids are older, it's not an issue anymore. It was bad when they were babies, though.

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  3. I have a sleep number and love it! Of course I haven't used the temperature part since last year!

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  4. We have a sleep number bed and love it. The time change doesn't really bother me. I do like it staying light later.

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  5. I'll try this for the next couple of nights and see if it helps. I hate the time change.

    Have a fabulous day. :)

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  6. We'll definitely be checking these out for our next bed! Hubby and I are completely different sleepers with different needs!

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  7. I am a bad sleeper.. i am up allot of the night.. i need to figure that out.

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  8. i def can lay off the caffeine a bit...
    i drank coffee way too late last night and did not
    sleep well at all...

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  9. Thankfully coffee does not keep me awake because I drink it night and day. When my eyes start to hurt--I turn off the computer and go to sleep--even during the day for a quick nap. My darling spoiled brat cat never did change over when the clocks changed so maybe now I can re acclimate to her time schedule which is Daylight Savings Time!!

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  10. Our day light saving is drawing to a close. Early next month.
    My eyes roll back way too early anyway. Before five often. It will feel like a treat when it is six ish.

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  11. I definitely need to prepare for this! I am not a fan of springing forward. Amber N

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  12. I hate that daylight savings is starting again! I sleep in but maybe I should be going to bed early.

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  13. This sounds inviting right now! Definitely a great way to prepare for Springing ahead!

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  14. I am such a sleepy head. I do need to prepare mentally for time change

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  15. I hate stupid daylight savings time in the spring. i don't drink coffee and the only electronics in the bedroom are a clock and fan, I'm good that way though.

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  16. I have to stop drinking caffeine around noon if I want to sleep at night. With the time change I am going to need more in the morning though.

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  17. I do have a bit of a problem when time springs forward. Just no naps for a couple of days.

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  18. Ugh Daylight saving times messes my whole family up for days! I will be following the above tips! :-)

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  19. I definitely don't get enough sleep at night but that's because I have a 2 month old baby. ;) The SleepIQ technology sounds so interesting! I wish I had a Sleep Number Bed!

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  20. Buying a great mattress was one one life changing decision. Sleep was so much better after that.

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  21. My wife's been asking for a sleep number bed ever since experiencing one in a hotel. Guess I'd better check them out eventually.

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  22. I don't have a sleep number mattress but I have heard good things about them.

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  23. I hate DST! We've only had it in our area for a few years and I feel like I am never going to get used to it!

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  24. I try about go to sleep earlier for the first few nights. It takes me a week to get adjusted though.

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  25. I am not really looking forward to time change. I've always said, I wish I could live where it isn't observed. A new mattress sounds good though :)

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  26. UGh I am totally not looking forward to daylight savings time. UGH I always get confused for a couple of days LOL

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  27. I really cannot handle losing an hour of time every spring. It drives me crazy. Maybe if I use these tips it won't be so hard this year.

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  28. I do absolutely nothing and seem to adjust after a couple days. The kids seem to roll with it too. I think it helps that we are all morning people in this house! :)

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  29. It takes me a couple of days to adjust, but I'm so glad the days will be longer now.

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  30. I would love to have one of those!

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  31. I just change the clocks and hope for the best. I do love the longer days that come with daylight savings, though.

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  32. I have never done anything to prepare for time change which has always been fine up until last time. Everyone's schedules were do thrown off, it wasn't good!

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  33. I would love to have a sleep number bed...what we do is stick to our regular routine.

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  34. I haven't experienced daylight savings time since we don't have it here in our place. But, I am always disoriented when it comes to time because I always sleep late. :(

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  35. I have heard so many good things about the sleep number that it does make me want to have one, I am confident that it would help with our sleep deprivation.
    Maybe one day!!

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  36. These are great tips! I never have a hard time with the time adjustment... just with getting sleep in general!

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  37. I'm such a major insomniac. I wonder if a new bed is what I need? At this point, I'd try almost anything!

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  38. I want sleep number bed. I think it would make all the difference

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  39. Though we don't do DTS here in Jamaica I really like that i get to watch all my favorite Shows earlier and go to bed earlier and sleep longer

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  40. Thank you for this, I really don't cope well with the clock changes, I guess the only blessing is my other half is off work the next day so I don't need to get up early. x

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  41. Thank you for the reminder! I have to set my clocks ahead tonight!

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  42. I do absolutely nothing LOL It always throws me for a loop, so I just prepare myself for being thrown for a loop!

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  43. I'm excited for more daylight... but I never get sleep- so I think I'm at a loss there!

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  44. I wish we don't have to change our clocks....lol!

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  45. Great tips, I'm excited for the time change!

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  46. These are great tips. Yea, time changes again tonight.

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  47. While all of these are great tips, I don't do anything different when Daylight Savings rolls around. My sleep schedule is so messed up, I don't think I even register losing an hour.

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  48. I love it when Daylight Saving comes around. I love the extra hour of daylight

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  49. I love the extra hour of light, but hate losing my hour of sleep! Guess we'll all adjust eventually :P

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  50. I dont do anything special for daylight savings time. It never really bothered me. Hubs and I tested a Sleep Number bed a few weeks ago. They sure are nice beds.

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  51. My Hubs and I have actually been talking about getting a sleep number bed. I just hate spending so much money and it not be comfortable. I need to go test one.

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  52. I do my best work at night and enjoy a night time coffee too. Yeah, I'm sleep deprived as well.

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  53. I do my best work at night and enjoy a night time coffee too. Yeah, I'm sleep deprived as well.

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  54. I don't like when time goes forward. It completely messes me up!

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  55. Great tips. What perfect timing. I'm sitting here horribly sleep deprived today. The kids just went back to school from March break this morning too. I did not like how the two coincided.

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  56. I always get turned around for day lights saving. I need a new bed and better sleeping habits. LOL

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  57. Broxton is having a really hard time adjusting to the time change... he wants to know why he has to go to be while its still daytime :)

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  58. I'm still off from Day Light Savings. I think my kids do better with it than I do.

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