Make the most of the extra hour sleep…

Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 7:53pm

Make the most of the extra hour sleep… 

The end of Daylight Saving Time is one of our favorite excuses to sleep for an extra hour — a decadent, once-a-year, Sunday morning treat.

How much can an extra hours sleep change you? 

Both the hours slept and the intensity of the sleep are important. Some of your most refreshing sleep occurs during deep sleep. Although such sleep's true effects are still being studied, it is generally considered a restorative period for the brain. And when you sleep more hours, you allow your brain to spend more time in this rejuvenating period.

"When you put away sleep debt, you become superhuman," says Stanford's Dement, talking about the improved mental and physical capabilities that come with being well rested.  

  Just one extra hour of sleep can boost your athletic performance

Researchers at Stanford University asked five healthy students on the Stanford women’s tennis team to maintain their normal sleep/wake cycle for two to three weeks, then extend their sleep for five to six weeks. The students underwent athletic performance assessments after every practice, and researchers discovered that with extra sleep the students executed a faster sprinting drill and experienced increased hitting accuracy.

Better memory

If you have a bad memory, the answer to your woes might simply be getting more sleep. While deep sleep is perceived as a time when we completely shut off, our brains are actually hard at work moving our short-term memories to our long-term memories, which makes space for the next day. If you don't get enough time in a deep sleep, some of your memories will be lost.

Significantly lower blood pressure 

Heart attacks increase when Daylight Saving Time begins in March, research shows, after we’ve lost that precious hour of sleep. And when it ends, heart attacks decrease. And that makes sense, given what we know about sleep and arterial health.

To help you get a good nights sleep here are some of our favourites:

Bach Original Flower Remedy Rescue Night Drops

This Works Sleep Plus + Pillow Spray

And Besleepy De-Stress Bath & Body Oil 

Sleep well, sleep tight! 

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