Just like clockwork, daylight saving time is back. The annual moving of the clocks ahead one hour on Sunday night will mean a lot of groggy and grumpy workers on Monday morning.
That lost hour of sleep goes into effect 2 a.m. Sunday, and a survey this week by Houston-based retailer Mattress Firm revealed that the average American needs 3 1/2 days to recover from Daylight Saving Time. Yet less than half of those surveyed say they prepare for the change.
That’s bad news, because it’s not like Americans have good sleep habits to start with.
“We are all aware of the benefits of a good night’s sleep, yet at the end of the day, we aren’t following proven sleep tips and making the necessary adjustments to improve our overall sleep health,” says registered nurse and certified sleep educator Terry Cralle.
So how much sleep do we need? The National Sleep Foundation says adults need 7-9 hours. So here’s how to get all the sleep you need…