16th Annual National Sleep Awareness Week® Means Daylight Saving Time is Coming

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March 6, 2013

National Sleep Foundation Reminds Everyone to Get A Good Night’s Sleep When Clocks Move Forward An Hour

ARLINGTON, VA (March 6th, 2013) – The annual ritual is almost upon us.  Daylight Saving Time returns at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 10, when people throughout the country move their clocks ahead one hour, and too many of them end up being sleepy for the next few days because of an hour of lost sleep.

But according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), changing the clocks shouldn’t mean losing an hour of sleep. 

“The Sunday that marks the return of Daylight Saving Time is a shorter day.  Make it a shorter day with fewer activities, not a shorter morning with less sleep,” says David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.  The effect of that lost hour of sleep may be felt for several days the following week.  In fact, one study shows that many people will sleep an average of 40 minutes less the night after they change their clocks. 

The remedy can be a simple one, Cloud says. “Give yourself a treat and sleep in that Sunday morning.” If that isn’t possible, Cloud suggests taking a short 20-30 minute nap Sunday afternoon, though not close to bed time, which can disrupt nighttime sleep.  You can also try to sleep more than usual a few nights prior to and immediately following the time change. 

The return to Daylight Saving Time coincides with the final day of National Sleep Awareness Week, NSF’s annual campaign to celebrate the health benefits of sleep.  This year’s 16th annual campaign, March 3-10, is highlighted by the release of NSF’s Sleep in America® poll that explores the relationship between exercise and sleep, showing a compelling positive association between the two. 

In addition to the tips offered for the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, NSF offers the following advice for a good night’s sleep every night:

  • Exercise regularly. Vigorous exercise is best, but even light exercise like walking is better than no activity.
  • Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time