This post is #sponsored by The Better Sleep Council. All opinions are 100% our opinions.
We’re about to make the switch to Daylight Saving Time. I’m excited because it always seems like a sign that we’re getting closer to Spring but there’s a downside. We lose an hour of sleep. Did you know that according to Better Sleep Council research, 60% of Americans will feel the impact the Monday following Daylight Saving Time and that 40% of Americans will need a week or longer to recover from losing one hour of sleep?
Other than the obvious – we like our sleep! – there are definite negative consequences to not getting enough sleep including bad moods, higher stress levels, more traffic and machinery accidents. A good night’s sleep forms the foundation for a great day. Waking up refreshed and full of energy is the best way to take on the day and live it to its full potential.
So, what can you do about it now to help head off any Daylight Saving Time problems in advance? We, along with some other bloggers, are taking the Better Sleep Council’s Daylight Saving Time Sleep Challenge and making sure that we are as prepared as possible for the time change. We have committed to getting an extra hour of sleep each day this week leading up to the change to Daylight Saving Time.
The Better Sleep Council has lots of great tips on improving your sleep – not just in preparation for the time change but every single day. You can check them out HERE. Take the better sleep challenge with us by avoiding caffeine later in the day or putting away your electronic devices a couple hours before bed. You might want to try getting a little more exercise this week (but not within 2 hours of bedtime) or setting up a new bedtime routine that focuses on unwinding (playing soothing music, taking a warm bath, or something like that).
Join us in the Better Sleep Council’s Daylight Saving Time Sleep Challenge and be ready for the time change on March 8, 2015. What will YOU do to get a better night’s sleep?