Daylight Savings

Spring ahead, fall  back. Twice a year we change the clocks to either gain or lose an hour of beloved sleep. We wind the clocks back in the fall and gain that much needed extra hour of shut eye. In the spring, we lose an hour and are all of a sudden sent into a tailspin of rushed obligations and sleep deprivation. Understandably, it is easier to get accustomed to that extra hour in the fall – or so we think. Any time change can throw the body off balance, and changing the clock in the fall makes our days shorter and the nights longer with people getting up an hour earlier than they are used to.

It takes about a week to adjust to the shift during daylight savings time for both the fall and spring. Meanwhile, here are some tips you can start in advance to make the transition a bit easier.

  • Start adjusting ahead of schedule
    • Adjust your sleep schedule by 10-15 minutes for a few days before the end of Daylight Savings Time.
  • Exercise
    • Although it is easy to give in the snooze button, waking up to exercise is a good way to kickstart the day. Exercising, particularly in the morning, releases serotonin in the brain, which helps the body adapt to the time change.
  • Wake up at the same time
    • Keeping a regular sleep schedule helps regulates the body. After a while, your body will get used to the rhythm of going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine
    • This one should be simple. Alcohol and caffeine can interfere with sleep. If you already have trouble falling asleep, avoiding these two items can aid in sleep.
  • Resist the nap
    • It is best to avoid taking a nap during Daylight Savings Time, because it may make falling asleep for the night more difficult. If you really can’t avoid a nap, it is recommended to take a power nap that is no longer than 20 minutes.
  • Avoid late night snacking
    • Eating too late at night can cause indigestion, which may lead to insomnia as your stomach works over time to digest. It is best to finish dinner a few hours before bedtime.
  • Relax
    • If all else fails, it is important to remember to relax. Stressing and worrying about not being able to fall asleep can actually keep you up longer. Don’t worry, eventually sleep will come. If it doesn’t, it may be important to consult a doctor because you may be suffering from a more serious sleeping condition.

Rise & Shine, Becoming a Morning Person in 10 Steps

Jealous of those supposed early birds who can get out of bed with ease while the rest of us begrudgingly roll out? You are not alone, many people have a love-hate relationship with mornings but there are ways to adjust your routine to make you a morning person.

  1. Catch them Zzz’s

As much as we wish we had more time to sleep this is actually important as getting 7-9 hours of sleep is essential to our health. Sleep has shown to help retain important information, heighten concentration, lower blood pressure and stress levels, and lead to better metabolism.

  1. No Screens in the Bedroom

As much as we all love watching some reality TV before bed (Below Deck anyone?), the blue light emitted from electronics, especially cell phones, laptops, and tablets can wreak havoc on your sleep cycle. If you can’t have no screens in bed, try and limit it to as few as possible or restrict access to at least an hour before bed. If not, adjust the brightness to as low as possible (some phones have a blue light filter that works off sunrise-sunset schedule).

  1. Lay Out Your Clothes the Night Before

While you might not be in elementary school anymore, laying out your clothes the night before will make you feel more confident for the next day.

  1. Create a Nighttime Routine

Create a ritual (read a book, brush your teeth, go to bed) you repeat night after night in a specific order. Your body will get used to your nighttime routine and know it is time to shut down and go to sleep.

  1. Don’t Hit that Snooze

As annoying as some alarms can be, get up when your alarm goes off because you might say 5 more minutes, close your eyes and boom, its 30 minutes later and you’re running around like a chicken with their head cut off because you’ll be late to work.

  1. Get Up at the Same Time Every Day

Ever wake up a couple minutes before your alarm clock? That’s your internal clock and it can be thrown off as simple as sleeping in too long over the weekends. If not, by getting up around the same time every day, you can develop this internal clock where the alarm is just there as backup plan.

  1. Mentally Plan Out Your Day

Got those morning blues? Right when you wake up, mentally plan out your day so you can prepare yourself. Have something to look forward to in order to get you through the day.

  1. Meditate

We’re not saying you need to get up and go to yoga at the crack of dawn, but mediating for 10 minutes in the morning before you start your day can help you feel a little jumpstarted for the day.

  1. Grab Some Nosh

They were right; breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In the morning, we usually feel rushed and don’t have time to grab some grub. However, breakfast gets your day going and kickstart your metabolism, giving you more energy throughout the day.

  1. Carpool with a buddy or coworker

Having some company in the morning will help you ease into the morning and sharing that time with other people will make sure you’re on time—giving you a reason to get up on time in the morning.

 

Are you converted morning person? Let us know what worked for you in the comments below.

What Size Mattress is the Best for You?

Getting a new mattress is a process that comes with a lot of questions. How much should you spend?

What kind of mattress is best for you?

We all know that buying a bed is an important decision, and once you figure out what kind of mattress is a good fit to aid your sleeping habits, the next question is usually ‘what size should I get’?

Choosing the right size mattress greatly depends on how many people will be using it, and how much space will be needed while sleeping, so what’s really the difference in mattress sizes?

Is bigger always better?

Those who tend to sprawl out and roll around when they sleep would probably prefer a large mattress; more room for stretching your limbs or more room for when your partner moves onto your side of the bed.

But ‘bigger’ has different meanings. Does ‘bigger’ mean longer, or wider?

Or does it just mean overall bigger?

For the biggest mattresses (without getting a specialty mattress), the King comes in two popular sizes; the standard King (80’’x76’’) and the California, or ‘Cal’ King (84’’x72’’). The Cal King is longer where the standard King is wider; the Cal King reaches around 84 inches in length, where the standard King is about 74 inches wide.

So, for those vertically inclined people, the Cal King would probably be a better fit if you’re around six feet tall, since the Cal King tops out at 7 feet long. The regular King is the same size as two Twin XL mattresses put side by side. This is essentially like two people sleeping on their own Twin XL mattresses!

Although bigger is better for sleeping when you need more space, a bigger mattress can be a challenge to fit into a bedroom. Trying to maneuver an entire mattress around corners and possibly up stairs could be a nightmare!

Luckily, with the new invention of the ‘mattress-in-a-box’, mattresses can come in much smaller boxes and then inflate to their full size, saving a lot of hassle and time.

Smaller than a King and Cal King is the Queen, which is the most popular size mattress for people who share a bed. The Queen is the same length as a King and Twin XL, but is smaller than a King; the Queen reaches 80 inches long and 60 inches wide, whereas the King is 76 inches wide.

A Full size bed is actually smaller than a Queen. A Full size Mattress is just as long as a Twin, at 75 inches, but is wider than one at 54 inches. The Twin, of course, is the smallest mattress for adults at 75 inches long and 39 inches wide. The Twin XL is still 39 inches wide, but is longer than a Twin or Full at 80  inches long; the same length as a King and Queen.

But these are just numbers of course, so we’ve created a very useful visual chart, to show you the sizes of mattresses and how they differ in size and width. And it’s color coded! These numbers are specific to Tanda™ Mattresses though, so keep in mind that all mattress sizes aren’t necessarily the same size. If you would like some real world reference, check out this unboxing video for our Queen sized mattress!

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