5-Step Prep for Springing Forward During Daylight Saving Time

You don't have control over losing one hour during Daylight Saving Time, but you can take control to prep your family so no one misses the "spring" in their step.

Every Spring we (most of us) lose one hour of sleep and walk around like zombies. Turns out boosting the quality of your sleep in the days leading up to Daylight Saving Time can make all the difference. Here’s how:

  1. Switch it up. Choose decaf in the afternoon. It can take up to six hours for caffeine to wear off, which means if your last cup of coffee is at 3 p.m. half the caffeine is still in your system at 9 p.m. which will disrupt your sleep. Ideal sleep expert recommendation is to stop drinking caffeine after noon for better quality snooze-time.
  2. Don’t sweat it. Rigorous exercise before bedtime is more likely to keep you awake instead of helping you sleep.
  3. Screen your screen time. Turn off TV and laptops an hour before bed. The blue-light emitted from them keeps you alert instead of letting you relax.  Dim lights in your home one hour before bedtime to help you body get ready for slumber.
  4. Early to bed, early to rise. Get the whole family to bed 15 minutes earlier and up 15 minutes earlier. Start a week or so before the time change, and the actual Daylight Saving day wake-up time won't be as challenging.
  5.  You can’t lose with a good snooze. Choose a bed that’s comfy, adjusts to your ideal firmness, and contours to your neck, shoulders, back and hips for more proper spinal alignment. Like a  Sleep Number® bed, of course.

Quality sleep will keep you performing your best. Like diet and exercise, sleep is essential for optimal health and performance. Because everyone's sleep needs are different, Sleep Number® beds with SleepIQ® technology inside adjust to your ideal level of firmness, comfort and support. SleepIQ technology tracks how well you sleep each night, giving you personal insights into your sleep so you'll learn how life affects your sleep and how sleep affects your life. Find your Sleep Number® setting for your best possible night's sleep.