Sometimes I wonder how we all dealt with Daylight Savings Time (DST) before technology was so advanced. We used to have to reset every clock in our homes. I know I’d curse the day that Sunday rolled around because I’d have to take clocks off the wall, press tons of buttons on alarm clocks (while holding down that ever-frustrating “time” button), and even more. It was just a day filled with so much hatred – even while I loved having more daylight hours during the day.
Getting used to Daylight Savings Time doesn’t have to be the worst thing in the world. I don’t mind the time change, and lucky for me, most of my clocks consist of the amazing advanced technology that can change over for DST by themselves. Looking for some ways to make the transition to DST as smooth as possible? Sleep Number recommends:
Ease Into It: According to a new national sleep survey from Sleep Number, over half (54%) of the respondents didn’t feel as though they were getting enough sleep to be at their best. To make it easier to start getting better sleep with DST, start going to bed 15 minutes earlier for each night for three or four days beforehand.
Avoid Your Tech: Sleep Number’s survey results also show that people who use devices in bed are more likely to feel as though they aren’t getting enough sleep (51 percent). In particular, people in the West US tend to be the worst about this with 66% of people saying they bring their devices to bed. Try to avoid using your tech devices for about an hour before bedtime to ease into sleep more easily. Why not take a warm bath or shower instead?
Monitor your Sleep: The Sleep Number study shows that 58% of people wish they knew more about how to improve their sleep yet only 16% of those people actually monitor their sleep. Considering that 41% of the respondents tracked exercise and 43% tracked diet, this is a large difference. The study also shows that women are more likely to focus on improving sleep compared to men. For those who want an easier way to track sleep, Sleep Number’s SleepIQ system offers a simple tracking system.
Start Early: If you’re worried about making the transition in DST on Sunday when it may effect your work week on Monday, why not start early? Treat Friday evening and Saturday as if you’re already under DST. Take your coffee earlier, go to bed earlier, and things like that. I find that this one is the most helpful for me to avoid too much of a disruption to my schedule on Monday.
For more suggestions, check out the Sleep Number Daylight Savings Time tips.
As for my household, we tend to be a bit “off” for a couple days, but we’ll quickly adjust. The photographer in me loves having the extra daylight hours, and my partner enjoys being able to leave for work when it’s actually light out instead of leaving and getting home in the dark. Neither of us can wait for the warmer days of summer!
Disclosure: I partnered with Sleep Number for this post. I was provided compensation for sharing these DST tips with you.