Nov 03 2012

Falling Back – Tips for Getting the Most from the Extra Hour

Many Americans will set their clocks back one hour on Nov. 4th, 2012 and gain an extra hour for the day.  Serta surveyed over 1,000 Americans to gauge how national time changes impact their sleep and schedules, and the results were quite telling!

We found that most Americans don’t find either the Spring Forward or Fall Back time changes to have an impact on the quality of their sleep.  Even so, about 20% of Americans reported waking up feeling not well rested* – meaning that poor sleep is the norm for them.  So, Fall Back or Spring Forward, Americans still need better sleep!

That got us thinking about the gift of a whole extra hour on Nov. 4th.  We are, by our own nature, a time-pressed and sleep-deprived society.  So, an extra hour – even if just for one day of the year – should be valued and used wisely.  And, what better way to use this extra hour than for some much needed self-pampering to reduce stress and promote better sleep for one night?

Here are some suggestions on getting the most out of the extra hour for those setting the clocks back on Nov. 4th:

  • Schedule a one-hour massage
  • Take a yoga class with a friend
  • Have kids?  Organize a family breakfast and give everyone a task so that you can relax and enjoy.
  • Start reading that book that’s been sitting on your nightstand for months
  • Call a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • If it’s not too cold at home, fire up the grill and sit outside sipping hot cider with family and friends, with a commitment to keep the cell phones off.

Even just one hour of down time each day can help reduce the daily stress that can impact your sleep quality.   So, use the upcoming time change to show yourself the difference that one hour can make in how you live and how you sleep.  We have a feeling that doing it for one day will make you want to do it more often!

Having trouble sleeping?  Check out our new Sleep Tips video with easy ways to update your bedroom to promote better sleep.

*Survey results are from telephone omnibus surveys of nationally representative Americans conducted by Braun Research the days following the two time changes around Daylight Savings Time in 2011.


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