Oh man, it’s almost here, daylight savings time. It will be here on March 8, 2015. I always dread it. I can’t help it. I’m at an age where I value every bit of sleep I can get. Losing even an hour can get me CRANKY. My entire family knows that it’s best to keep me fed and let me get plenty of sleep. We’ll all get along just fine if you follow these two rules. I’m basically easy to please, food and sleep!
While doing a little bit of research at Sleep Number on daylight savings time, I found a few suggestions to cope with daylight savings time.. I need all the help I can get. I’m going to share them with you because if you are anything like me at all, you’re family will be thankful.
First add 15 minutes– Go to bed 15 minutes earlier. 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. I could honestly do better by adding 15 minutes in the morning but hey, 15 minutes anywhere will help me.
Live in the Future– drink your last caffeine an hour earlier. Drink your last cup at 11 am instead of noon. That one would be hard for me as I am a Mountain Dew junkie and drink it until I go to bed. Call me crazy, I CAN’T help it.
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). 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. Try to turn ALL devices off 1 hour before bedtime. That gives your melatonin time to kick in.
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.
Maybe with these tips, we can all survive daylight savings time this year. I’m going to try to do at least a couple of them. I’m NOT going to give up the caffeine. I think my family really would kill me if I tried to do that. That’s the truth and I’m going to stick to it!
I’d like to thank Sleep Number for sponsoring this post. I honestly appreciate the opportunity to learn tips to help me survive the transition!