The leaves are changing, the mornings are frostier, and there’s pumpkin spice everything everywhere you look—which can only mean that the end of daylight saving time (also mistakenly known as daylight savings time) is right around the corner. This year, DST comes to an end on Sunday, November 4th at 2 a.m., which is when our clocks will “fall backwards” and go back an hour. With this, we gain an extra hour of sleep that night.
You’re probably looking forward to this extra bit of shut-eye, and rightly so—an hour of sleep is a very powerful thing! Raising your nightly amount of sleep from just six to a full seven hours actually rewards you with a number of noticeable physical and mental benefits. There is perhaps no greater demonstration of what an hour of sleep can do than the research that discovered a 21% decrease in the number of recorded heart attacks on the Tuesday following the end of DST and extra hour of sleep—and, conversely, an almost 25% increase in the incidence of heart attacks following the beginning of DST and the loss of one hour of sleep in the spring. Getting more sleep may literally save your life.
This extra hour could be just the thing to kickstart a more rested, energy-filled YOU. Wipe the slate clean on your sleep debt and start fresh. Here’s how:
Reset your clock, reset your sleep
If your sleep has been stuck in a rut lately, this extra hour of sleep coming on a Sunday offers you a great chance to start new with a sleep reset weekend. If you haven’t heard of a sleep reset before, it really just means taking a weekend to completely indulge in sleep, getting as much of it as your heart desires. This way, you can start over refreshed the next week, ready to begin practicing better sleep habits without any lingering exhaustion.
We’ve taken the guesswork out of clearing your sleep debt and resetting your sleep schedule with this three-day Sleep Reset plan. You can follow an easy plan for more energy with our Sleep Reset ebook.
Don’t go at it alone
If you sleep enough but the quality of your sleep has been lacking, you may want to try talking to someone well-trained in the area of sleep health.
This is where Reverie’s new Sleep Coach™ program comes in. Signing up for the program puts you in touch with a real-life Certified Sleep Coach who will develop a personalized plan for your sleep health. Chatting with a Sleep Coach is the easiest way to both identify your sleep obstacles and learn the most effective methods for beating them.
If you are looking to boost the quality of your sleep, learn more about talking with a Sleep Coach.
Why sleep matters
Think of any major life goal that you might have, and healthy, consistent sleep is almost guaranteed to make it easier to achieve: looking for a new job, losing weight, getting promoted, having a more positive attitude, finding a romantic partner, becoming more mindful...the list goes on. This is why there’s no better time than the present to start getting better sleep!
The end of daylight saving time is as good a time to start as any, because it reminds us just how much sleep matters. Why else would so many people look forward to getting that extra hour of sleep, unless they knew they weren’t getting enough, and a little extra sounded like an enticing idea? We tend to forget that sufficient sleep really is possible year-round. All it requires is taking the time to make your sleep a priority, and finding the right resources—the rest you can do with your eyes closed.