Daylight savings time is coming up on March 10. Most Americans will lose an hour of sleep as clocks move ahead.
With so many Americans who are sleep deprived, losing any amount of sleep can be detrimental. Sleep deprivation can impact your mood, performance at work and overall health.
An article on UConn Today, the University of Connecticut’s news site, provided a list of tips for better sleep as spring and daylight savings approaches. Here are Protect-A-Bed’s favorite five from the list:
- Avoid medications that can delay or disrupt sleep. Many asthma, heart and blood pressure and headache medications can include stimulants that can disrupt sleep.
- Avoid naps late in the afternoon. Catching long naps around 3 p.m. can leave you groggy, but at the same time make it difficult to fall asleep in the evening.
- Be sure to relax before bed. Listening to music or reading a book can help slow your heart rate and make your eyes heavy.
- Taking a hot bath before bed. This will also help you relax and, in addition, drop your body temperature, causing you to feel drowsy.
- Create a comfortable and healthy sleep zone. Avoid keeping too many electronics in the bedroom. Be sure to keep the room at a cool temperature. Protect-A-Bed offers a variety of products for a healthy sleep zone. For temperature control, the Luxury Sleep line is ideal, with thermo-regulating properties.
For the full list of tips on catching more sleep, visit Today.UConn.edu.