This post is sponsored by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
As you may be aware, getting a good night’s sleep is something that many Americans seem unable to get. Whether you’re suffering from stress, insomnia or other issues that cause us to get less than adequate sleep, the reality is that so few of us get the right amount of sleep at night. With Daylight Savings Time arriving on March 10, 2019, many people will fear losing this one hour of sleep when millions of Americans already fail to get the seven or more recommended hours of sleep per night.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) knows that sleep time requirements do vary per person but they highly recommend that adults get at least seven or more hours of healthy sleep per night. AASM is taking this time to help give you some tips to get more sleep as we near the loss of an hour with Daylight Savings Time. There’s a bedtime calculate that AASM is offering the public to use as a means to plan your bedtime during this change in time on March 10, 2019. It’s highly recommended that you check out the bedtime calculator so that you can figure out a way to get a healthy night’s sleep while we technically lose an hour in our day due to the spring season change in time.
Join me and many others in celebrating World Sleep Day, this is an annual event created to raise awareness of sleep disorders that burden so many Americans. I invite you to join AASM on March 15, 2019, to learn more and win a $100 gift card during their Twitter chat using hashtag #WorldSleepDay
AASM Tips for a Healthier Sleep Routine
Since chronic insufficient sleep can lead to many health issues, of course, your eating habits may contribute to these health conditions as well, AASM wants to share some tips for you get a healthier night’s sleep and develop better sleep habits to ensure you start to reach the recommended seven or more of healthy sleep hours per night.
- Shift your bedtime 15 to 20 minutes earlier each night to adapt for the loss of an hour of sleep due to Daylight Savings Time.
- Shift some of your other daily “wake up” habits to a later time to get your body ready to adjust to Daylight Savings Time change on March 10, 2019.
- Set your clocks ahead one hour earlier in the night on Saturday, March 9 so that you have some time to trick your mind into thinking it’s later and you won’t lose the full hour of sleep.
- Get outside earlier on Sunday, March 10, 2019, to get some sunshine to start your day as this will help reset your natural internal clock to adjust to the new time.
- Be sure to go to bed early on Sunday so that you’re not dragging on Monday when you return to your regularly scheduled week.
The reality is that so many of us suffer from not getting a healthy seven hours or more per night of sleep to being with, so Daylight Savings Time on March 10, 2019, will truly make a lot of us have more difficulties and possible health issues. It’s time to start using these tips I shared today to prepare yourself for the time change. Don’t forget to attend AASM’s Twitter chat on March 15th too, so that you can learn more and try your chance at winning a $100 gift card.