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The Extra Hour - Does It Make a Difference?

— by Tempur-Pedic on Nov 8, 2021

With Daylight Saving Time coming to an end, we’re all eager to get sixty extra minutes of slumber — because getting a full eight hours every night helps us feel more energized and productive during the day. But did you know, getting too much sleep or oversleeping can have the opposite effect? In fact, studies show that time changes dramatically impact our sleep — even when we indulge in an extra hour.^

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Experts define oversleeping as sleeping more than nine hours in a 24-hour period. On average, most adults need between seven and nine hours of nightly sleep to feel mentally and physically rejuvenated, but oversleeping can lead to excessive daytime fatigue, headaches, decreased immune function, and more.*

But don’t let stressing about oversleeping keep you up at night. Explore our top tips for better sleep every night of the year.

1. Keep a Routine

Sticking to your daily routine can help you transition to the new time. And, because we want to make meeting your sleep goals easier, we designed our TEMPUR-Ergo® Smart Bases powered by Sleeptracker®-AI to take your sleep routine to the next level. Each morning, you’ll receive a personalized sleep report and sleep quality rating, based on a range of bio, sleep, and environmental metrics. By leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze sleep data, the Sleeptracker app sends each sleeper personalized insights and advice on sleep strategies to help you and your partner achieve deeper, more rejuvenating sleep. Plus, you’ll get daily sleep coaching to incorporate into your routine. For example, did you know that waking up at the same time every day (including weekends and days off) can help you sleep better at night?

2. Exercise Later in the Day

If you’re a fan of evening spin classes or late-night workouts, you’ve probably noticed that exercising close to bedtime makes you feel more energized at night. That’s because exercise, particularly cardio, releases endorphins (or chemicals that stimulate brain activity) in the body that can keep you awake. Take advantage of that energy boost by staying up a few minutes later than normal to help transition to the new time. But keep in mind, your brain still needs plenty of time to “wind down” before bed, so try to limit exercising to at least one hour before bed.

3. Indulge in a Morning Treat

It’s hard to be a morning person. From grabbing a latte or pastry from your favorite coffee shop to taking your furry best friend on a brisk morning walk, giving yourself a little incentive to rise and shine can go a long way. Jumpstart your day with something you love to help break the oversleeping fog you might find yourself in after the Daylight Saving Time transition.

Start with small changes and ease into a new routine so you can hit the ground running, instead of feeling the effects of oversleeping from gaining an extra hour. And don’t forget to set your car, oven, and/or microwave clocks back one hour before going to bed.

^Information provided by Fullpower Technologies Inc.

*Source: Sleep Foundation

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