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Daylight Savings Time is here and I’m partnering with The Better Sleep Council to bring you this post with three tips for better sleep.
Spring forward is one of my favorite days!
I love having the sunshine later in the day. It feels like I get so much more done after work/school when it’s light outside. What I don’t like is that I seem to have a harder time falling asleep at night. It’s a trade off I used to be willing to accept, but not anymore. I’ve been learning more and more about how important sleep is… Pete and I even had a talk about it earlier this year and we both feel like our waking hours would be better if we got better sleep and more of it!
This week I’m so excited to be joining The Better Sleep Council for the Daylight Saving Time (DST) Sleep Challenge.
I’m going to be revamping my sleep routine by eliminating caffeine eight hours before bed, banishing the snooze button and committing to an extra hour of sleep every night for one week. I’ll be sharing my progress on Twitter throughout the week too. I’m so excited about this next week because I know that if I can get through it and get some good rest it’s going to positively effect my whole life!
These are the three tips I’ll be following during my sleep challenge to get better sleep and improve your overall health and well-being:
- No snooze button- I’m going to set my alarm for exactly when I need to get up and once it goes off I’m getting up and starting my day. This will actually give me more (better) sleep because I won’t be waking up early just to give myself extra snooze button time. Plus snooze button sleep isn’t real sleep, it’s more like frustrating rest.
- No caffeine 8 hours before bed- I am so bad about having coffee in the evening and I sip iced tea all. day. long. That’s going to stop! No tea after noon for me. I’m going to switch to cold water with lemon. I love lemon water so it won’t be a sacrifice, and I should be able to fall asleep much better at bed time.
- Get one extra hour of sleep at night- This one is going to be the toughest, but I think it will be have the most impact. An extra hour of sleep is just what I need to feel more refreshed in the morning.
Join the challenge with me and Visit The Better Sleep Council website and follow @BetterSleepOrg for tips and tricks about surviving the time change.
I receive your update all the time but have never been to your blog, Im sorry, it is lovely!
The title of your post got me, I have the craziest sleep schedule and Im not sure how it happened. I fall asleep at 8 PM and wake at 3 AM. But there is an advantage, I get a lot of computer work done before my house wakes up.
I hope your challenge works well for you, your photo is great!!!
Have a great week, Karren @Oh My Heartsie Girl
When my sleep issues start I grab my iPad or notebook with pencil and I start writing. I get a lot of creative writing done for my next book of poetry or piece of fiction.
Oh gosh! I get up early, but not that early.
I can get down with the no snooze and no caffeine, but sometimes it is so hard to get an extra hour when there is working full time, kids, homework, sports, hubby, meals, etc. I am lucky to get 6 hrs!
I was like WHAT when you said daylight savings is one of your favorite days. I do agree with the enjoying of the light in the evenings. The wake up is tough though.
I was the same way! It’s definitely not one of my favorite days.
Thanks so much for this post. I have a terrible time getting my sleep in order when the time changes.
I had a horrible night last night. Hardly slept at all and when I did it was restless. I need to follow @BetterSleep.Org for their daily tips.
Those are some great tips. I really need to start getting some more hours in.
If only my husband would stop snoring, I would be in great shape. LOL. I totally blame my lack of sleep on him.
The snooze button can be a real nuisance on days I’m not working. I think stopping caffeine 8 hours before bed would help me a lot too.
I think I can agree that a good laugh and long nap can help with things. I too sip on ice tea all day, and should substitute that with water. Great tips here.
It is so important to get a good nights rest I try to make sure I never go past bedtime
I am so bad about drinking soda in the evening! Great tips!
I definitely don’t drink caffeine after about noon. It’s one of the best ways to keep my sleep quality good.
I’m lucky–being semi retired I can sometimes catch a fast nap during the day if I feel tired. And if I can’t–I sleep like a log until a certain cat uses my stomach as a trampoline!
I have been sleeping better now that I switch to decaf. Also running the humidifier helps me.
I don’t own an alarm clock, haven;t in over 30 years. But I still sleep like crap no matter what I do.
I admit that I’m a snooze button user. It’s so much better to just get up and get started with your day. Somehow I forget that come morning time.
What some great tips I ‘m trying to work on getting better nights sleep. x
Oh that darn snooze button gets me every time! Great tips, now to put them into practice
Oh that darn snooze button gets me every time! Great tips, now to put them into practice
Great tips. I need better sleep. Lately it has been so horrible!
Sounds great! Except the caffeine one. I don’t think I could do that one but it’s worth a shot.. Especially for better sleep!
These are great tips. I am so tired with the time change. I am going to try to get an extra hour of sleep tonight.
I require an insane amount of sleep, 8-9hrs per night, or I am a total grouch the next day. I need to control my caffeine intake, especially since I sip my coffee throughout the entire day!
I have a weird sleep pattern but it seems to work or me! Perfect that I get to sleep in everyday
I dont sleep very well at all. I’ve battle bouts of insomnia for many years. I am always looking for ways to fix that.
I definitely need to have better sleep so I will take these into consideration. They are great tips for a restful night.
I like that last quote, so true! I don’t drink caffeine at all thankfully 🙂
I have been struggling with the time change this year! These are great tips for getting more sleep!
Awesome tips, I so need this for myself; I am really lacking sleep lately!
Whoa…I’m the worst at #2 for sure! I may need to watch the clock a bit closer with my coffee!
Thanks so much for sharing these tips for better sleep. I have a terrible time getting to sleep at night. Stress keeps me up most of the time I think.
I think it is really important to limit caffeine before bed and hours before like you mentioned. I know it can keep me awake.
Fantastic tips! I go through spurts for when I do good with sleeping and then I get NO sleep. Would love to find a nice and healthy balance.
I really needed these tips! I have not been sleeping well lately but will try cutting out the caffeine earlier!
Impressive tips. Thank you for sharing and will check this out asap.
These are great tips. I have a student who swears by taking 8 minute long naps only.
These are great tips…that I need to follow!
I struggle with sleeping since I have pain. Hopefully the pain will go away and my sleep will improve.
It is so tough for me to get motivated when it’s still dark out. Those few precious days we had before the change when it was still light out gave me the energy I needed to jump start my day. Now I just drag…
I feel so fortunate that I can go to sleep in five minutes flat, most anywhere. My MIL really really struggles though and could use any and all tips offered.
Great tips! I think all of us in my family could use these. 🙂
Great tips! I hate those nights when you finally get 8 hours and they’re not the best hours of sleep.
I need all the help getting sleep I can get. I am an awful sleeper.
I struggle from sleep issues as well. If I don’t get enough sleep I tend to get really bad migraines.
Sleep hygiene is so important! For me, I need to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day to stay regular.
I would be happy if I had 5 minutes more of sleep! With a baby that gets up to nurse frequently and the time change I am all messed up!
I’m guilty of using the snooze button. I don’t know why, since it’s not like I actually get sleep when I hit it!
Oh how I would love to be able to get an extra hour of sleep for a week! That would really help with hitting the snooze button too. I make it a point to nap on weekends every chance I get.
I am one that wishes I could get more sleep. It seems like I sleep about 5 hours and then wake up and am wide awake and ready to check my email.
I think we often do not realize the benefits of a good sleep. Great tips I don’t do the snooze thing but I don’t use a clock at all I wake up when my husband gets in the shower LOL.
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