Not getting enough sleep is bad for both your physical and mental health.
You could be more at risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes by regularly getting poor quality sleep.
With the clocks going back on October 28, everyone will benefit from an extra hour in bed. Will you make the most of it?
Enjoying the extra hour in bed is crucial to resetting your sleep schedule, said Dreams’ Sleep Expert, Dr Pixie McKenna.
Don’t try to force yourself to wake up at your regular wake up time, but allow yourself to wake up naturally and enjoy the extra hour, she said.
As the night’s get darker sooner, you may be tempted to have a quick power nap on the sofa.
But, resist the temptation, and simply head to bed earlier instead, she said.
“We are programmed to sleep in cycles of 90 minutes – so we should be thinking of sleep in terms of 90-minute blocks rather than hours,” said Dr Pixie.
“The aim is to wake up at the end of one of these sleep cycles, as this is the key to feeling refreshed.
“So forget the hours and focus on these 90-minute slots, setting a wake time that fits. It can revolutionise your sleep.”
Setting yourself a regular bedtime is another great way to improve your sleep quality, she added.
“Just one extra hour of sleep can have a multitude of benefits for your mind and body including increasing memory, learning capacity, and reducing stress levels and blood pressure.
“With the clocks going back on the 28th October, you will naturally benefit from this shift. But we shouldn’t keep this benefit to just the one night.”
The clocks going back could reduce stress levels by impacting the amount of the hormone cortisol in the body.
Sleep deprivation has also been linked to inflammation, and a lower resistance to infection.
When the clocks go forward in the spring, the number of hospital admissions for heart attacks go up, scientists have claimed.
When you’re more tired, you’re also more likely to crave fatty, high-calorie foods.
The extra hour in bed may be the catalyst for a healthier mind and body, and for making healthier diet choices, said Dr Pixie.
Most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep every night, added the NHS.
Published at Fri, 26 Oct 2018 23:01:00 +0000