When the clocks go forward an hour, a nap is apparently the best way to deal with that hour of lost sleep from the previous night. At the time this was written the clocks went forward for British Summer Time on Sunday (26th March) morning, meaning we’ve already lost that hour of sleep.
It may be a bit late to catch up now, but it’s worth noting that for the next time around – taking an afternoon nap to help make up for that hour is being urged by scientists. Make sure your boss knows, because it could apparently help reduce the risks of diabetes, heart problems and depression that sleep deprivation can cause.
The reason that sleep deprivation has come into the equation seems quite drastic, if you’re quite good with your bed times then this isn’t going to be a problem. The University of Leeds and Silentnight claim that a lot of us get as little as 5 hours of sleep a night, and this clock change means that it will have been reduced to a dangerous 4 hours. Dr Nerina Ramlakhan explains:
“The loss of an hour in bed is particularly detrimental to individuals that already struggle with their step.
“If you are one of the 25% of the nation that gets less than five hours sleep a night, this time change could see you drop down to as little as four hours, which is a dangerously low amount.
“Bosses should consider allowing staff to take a short nap in the office. It can make a huge difference.”
Apparently, a 20-minute kip between 2pm and 4pm can help boost creativity, problem-solving ability and aid the immune system. That would be a pretty nice habit to get into. I’m going to have words with Malcolm.