Take Full Advantage of Your Extra Hour

This Sunday the universe will pause for an hour while you get one extra REM cycle. It’s like the snooze button someone else pushes for you, or an extra espresso shot you didn’t have to request. However you want to think about it, it’s not fiction, it’s Daylight Savings Time.

To celebrate the extra hour of sleep that you’ll get this weekend, we’ve partnered with The Good Trade to put together a Daylight Savings Day Guide to taking full advantage of your extra hour on Sunday.

Don’t Overthink It, Do What Works and Stick With It

Sleep is personal. Every one of us does it differently, finds their own routine and needs different amounts. There isn’t one right way to sleep but one surefire key to better sleep is to find a routine and stick to it. Regulating the time that you go to bed at night and get up in the morning is a good place to start. Creating routine in your sleep patterns will train your body to expect your schedule.

It's important to note though that if you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes, consider getting up and doing something relaxing until you feel tired. Pushing through to try to fall asleep can be self-defeating.

Go Screen Free for 15 Minutes

Studies show that using electronics right before bed can throw off your natural sleep state and might make it harder to get to sleep. Facebook or TV time are often a part of a bedtime rituals, but those who can get 15 minutes of tech free air space before bed often find that they sleep more quickly and peacefully.

Turn Your Clock The Other Way

If you do wake up during the night, the sight of the clock will often engage your mind and get you thinking about the day to come or how many hours you have until your alarm goes off. Many experts suggest turning your clock away from the bed or using a clock that has a sleep mode (like a phone) so that you can avoid time checks through the night.

Keep Work and Stress Out Of The Bedroom

Without getting too deep into the psychology of sleep, we can simply say that several studies show that avoiding the temptation to work from bed creates a deeper feeling of relaxation when you sleep. Keeping work and stress out of the bedroom allows your mind to associate your room with more peaceful feelings and sets you up to sleep more deeply during the night.

Know What's In Your Bed

The average mattress contains a cocktail of chemicals and flame retardants that can lead to skin irritations, allergies and respiratory problems and can prevent you from sleeping your best. One of the best ways to improve your long term sleep patterns is to actively seek out information on how your mattress and bedding were made. While this sleep factor is often less evident on the surface, many find that the materials they sleep with can have significant effects on their ability to enjoy a good night’s rest. The Good Trade recently covered this topic and featured a number of natural mattress brands (including our own) in their piece on Natural and Eco Friendly Mattresses.

From our family to yours, here’s to sweet dreams and peaceful sleep on the longest night of the year.