So, this week is Sleep Week and there is loads of media attention around sleep due to the clocks changing and the fear, the dread, the life changing apocalypse that we are losing an hour’s sleep come Sunday morning. You will see lots and lots of information about how to deal with the clocks changing, whether it is for you, or your children. It will tell you something like

 

“in the week before the clocks change move sleep time backward by 15 minutes everyday”


And you know what, it is a load of rubbish, and I should know, I have written such articles numerous times over the last couple of years. After last years I sat down, thought does an hour really make a difference, talked to some sleep experts far more knowledgeable than me and concluded that:

 

The worry about losing an hour’s sleep is more likely to Impact on your sleep than the actual lost hour.

 

Think of it like this. The lay in you (and your children) are having every weekend is having a far greater long-term impact on your (or their) sleep than the clocks changing. Worrying about the lost hour, will only lead to increased stress around bedtime and this leads leads to an increase in adrenaline and cortisol which inhibits Melatonin (the hormone that helps us sleep) production. Also going to bed earlier is hard to do and it might not fit your sleep type, so all you end up doing is laying in bed worrying about not sleeping.

 

My advice would be, get up at the same time every day including weekends and don’t worry too much about the clocks changing. Whether it is you, or your kids the lost hour will only take for most of us a day or two to get over.

 

Let me know your thoughts and Sleep Well!