Our clocks spring forward this weekend, meaning lighter evenings and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather. It can however take time for our bodies to adjust to Daylight Saving and one area that is nearly always affected is our sleep – especially for the 25% of us who have trouble sleeping and little ones who are set in a bedroom routine.
We’ve put together our top five tips to ease the transition into British Summer Time:
- Create the illusion of night: Blackout blinds are the obvious choice to make the room as dark as possible. This limits confusion for children who are used to the idea that dark equals bedtime. It also helps to increase levels of melatonin, the ‘sleep’ hormone.
- Keep cool. No warmer than 17oC for a comfortable night’s sleep. Duette® energy-saving blinds have a patented honeycomb structure with thermo-regulating properties, that will keep rooms at a constant temperature all year round.
- Make comfort a priority. Investing new bedding will work wonders for your sleep patterns. A lighter tog duvet will stop overheating in the summer months, or try ‘smart’ bedding such as The Fine Bedding Company’s Breathe duvet, which has a unique climate control action.
- Reduce ‘blue-light’ exposure. Commit to turning off any screens at least 30 minutes before bed, or better still, ban them from the bedroom altogether.
- Seek out light in the morning. A ‘daylight’ alarm clock will work in harmony with the body’s natural rhythms and mimics the sunrise. Or for natural daylight exposure as you wake, motorised blinds, which are set to a light or time sensor, will open automatically with the morning sunshine.
A good night’s sleep will deliver results almost immediately, with the following benefits:
- Increased productivity. Sleep helps boost creativity, memory and aids learning.
- Improved Mood. Emotions are easier to balance and we deal with stress more effectively.
- Healthy weight. Better sleep staves off cravings for sugary carbohydrates, which in turn keeps energy levels consistent. Only clocking up five hours sleep or less can make you 50% more likely to be obese.
- Wellness. Kick bugs into touch and say goodbye to sick days. Lack of sleep suppresses the immune system and is also linked to high blood pressure and anxiety.