Council: Get ready to feel effects of sleep loss

'Spring forward' one hour early Sunday

Published On: Mar 06 2013 01:53:07 PM EST

This Sunday, that dreaded "spring forward" motto of Daylight Saving Time hits home.

We change our clocks one hour forward, a chunk of time that, according to the Better Sleep Council, many Americans "will subtract directly from their sleep schedule given today’s busy lifestyles."

And losing an hour of sleep can have a big impact in the midst of what the Center of Disease Control has called a "sleep epidemic in America."

The Sleep Council researchers found the Monday after we “spring ahead” has a trail of issues linked to lack of sleep:

The council found that people do "some odd things" when they are sleep deprived.

Topping the list: throwing away paychecks or, believe it or not, "wearing underwear in the shower."

The Sleep Council does offer solutions to handle the time change transition.

The top five include:

  1. Gradually Transition into the Time Change: Go to bed 15 minutes early, starting several days before the change.
  2. Sleepy? Take a Quick Nap:  Take a short nap in the afternoon – no more than 20 minutes long.
  3. Commit to 7-8 Hours of Sleep:  Work backward from your wake time and commit to getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
  4. Keep Regular Sleep Hours: Make sleep a priority by keeping consistent sleep (bedtime) and wake schedules -- even on the weekends.
  5. Exercise During the Day:  Just make sure you don’t work out within two hours of bedtime.

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