Protect Your Sleep Quality After Daylight Saving Time Ends

The annual practice to “spring forward” may get more lip service, but every fall we equally dread the earlier darkness that accompanies the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST). At SHEEX we love box spring wraps, but not necessarily the "spring forward, fall back" involved with DST. SHEEX customers enjoy the spring and feel of our box spring wrap, especially those who are tired of dust ruffles or the look of an exposed box spring.  One surprising fact about the time shift: regardless of what your friends post on social mediathe practice is called Daylight Saving Time, not DaylightSavings Time, because waking up earlier would save daylight and, conversely, money spent on energy bills. Thanks, Benjamin Franklin! You are likely less surprised to hear that setting our clocks back one hour in the fall can disrupt our internal clock, leading to poor sleep habits and increasing our risk of harm or injury.

When Is Daylight Saving Time?

couple in bed This year, Daylight Saving Time officially ends onNovember 4th at 2 a.m. Before you go to sleep that evening turn back each of the clocks in your home one hour. Remember the clocks on your stove and microwave! This marks the end of Daylight Saving Time, returning to standard time until the cycle begins again in March.

What Are the Risks of Daylight Saving Time?

Daylight Saving Time leads to an increase in car accidents in the hours following the time shift. According to acomprehensive study, this is true forboththe spring and fall time shifts. While you may believe that you can “catch up” on sleep by staying in bed an extra hour on November 5th, Harvard experts explain thatthe time shift in your body’s daily sleep-wake cycle will disrupt your sleep habits for several days, causing grogginess and a lack of focus if you do not prepare.

How Can I Prepare for Daylight Saving Time?

The best way to avoid a disrupted sleep cycle is to start making adjustments one week in advance. Follow our Daylight Saving Time sleep tips:
  • Transition the time you go to bed and the time you wake up by 10 minutes per day in the six days leading up to the time shift. By slowly adjusting your sleep schedule you will feel less tired and your internal sleep-wake cycle will maintain some consistency after DST has ended.
  • Avoid caffeine after noon ‚Äî the stimulant will prevent you from quickly falling asleep. Likewise,skip the alcohol in the evening, as alcohol causes you to wake up frequently during a standard sleep cycle and will worsen any effects felt by the DST shift.
  • Stick to a rigorous exercise routine so that you can fall asleep faster and maintain a deeper, more restorative sleep. During a time of sleep-wake cycle transition, you should take extra care to go to a fitness class or go for a run so that your body is prepared for rest when the time comes.
  • Evaluate the comfort of your mattress, duvet, and bedding.Mattresses should be kept no longer than nine years, and if your sheets are not breathable and moisture-wicking you will be tossing and turning every night. Invest in quality SHEEX¬Æperformance bedding to give yourself the rest you deserve.
waking up energizedPrepare for November 4th so you can awake refreshed, energized, and right on schedule. See how our unique performance fabric creates the perfect set ofsheets for a better sleep and a healthier, happier you.