Sunday, Nov. 7 marked the end of Daylight Saving Time for 2021. While common belief has it that DST stems from the days when farmers needed extra hours of daylight to care for their crops, the truth is that Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea in 1784. Since then, the practice has been adopted by most of the US along with around 70 countries worldwide.
While Daylight Saving Time allows us to enjoy one more precious hour of daylight during the winter months, it also comes with some significant downsides. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 150,000 people suffered physical health problems in 2021 due in part to DST. These issues included strokes, heart attacks, accidents, and mental health issues. Additionally, millions of Americans struggle each year to adjust their sleep schedules after Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall and before it begins again in the spring. At Pure Parima, we’re passionate about helping people get better sleep throughout the year. Keep reading to learn about the importance of sleep and discover tips on taking advantage of the longer nights ahead to get more rest.
The Importance of Sleep
Sunlight and sleep are inextricably linked. After all, when the sun goes down at the end of the day, the lack of light prompts the body to release melatonin. This hormone causes us to feel drowsy. Then, when the sun comes up in the morning, the body releases cortisol to help people wake up and face the day. So, it’s no surprise that Daylight Saving Time can leave us feeling confused about when to sleep and when to rise.
Without proper sleep, both the mind and body may struggle to function as needed. Lack of sleep has been associated with an array of issues, including impaired concentration and trouble processing memories. Additionally, those who suffer from sleep disturbances may experience delayed reaction times, attention lapses, and cognitive and behavioral difficulties.
Despite the majority of Americans wanting to get rid of DST once and for all, the practice isn’t going anywhere for the time being. Still, there are steps you can take to combat this troublesome sleep disturbance. Individuals with insomnia or other sleep issues can maximize their odds of getting a good night’s rest by keeping their rooms dark and quiet. It’s also best to turn the thermostat down and avoid looking at phones or tablets in bed. Finally, you can improve your sleep quality by swapping out your old bedding for high-quality Egyptian cotton sheets and pillowcases.
The Best Sheets for Long Winter Nights
There’s something about those long winter nights that makes people want to crawl into a warm bed. Fortunately, the right sheets can ensure you sleep easy no matter how low the temperature drops. One of the best ways to minimize the sleep disturbances caused by Daylight Saving Time is to upgrade your sheets so your bed is a place you’ll long to be.
When it comes to winter bedding, we tend to recommend switching out your percale sheets for those featuring a sateen weave. While Egyptian cotton percale tends to keep sleepers cool, making it a great choice for summer heatwaves, sateen keeps you warm and snuggly on cold nights. For a truly luxurious option, consider Pure Parima’s Ariane line. Featuring self-colored scroll embroidery, this romantic set comes complete with a flat sheet, a folded sheet, and two coordinating pillowcases. It’s available in sizes twin to California king and comes in an array of on-trend colors, including white, ivory, linen, soft peach, spa, and icy blue.
An elegant choice for the bedroom, our Ariane sheets are made using OEKO-TEX® Certified Non-Harmful Chemicals. That means you can feel confident that your bedding is safe and healthy for the whole family. As a bonus, the Ariane set is machine washable, meaning you can toss it in the laundry whenever you need to. Strong and durable, these sheets will stay silky soft and pill free for years to come.
Do you tend to sleep hot? If you prefer a cooler sheet in winter, consider Pure Parima’s Ultra Percale set. Part of the Hotel Collection
Sleep Easier This Winter With Pure Parima Egyptian Cotton Sheets
The Tuck.com Editor’s Pick for sheets, Pure Parima has built a reputation for manufacturing and selling the highest-quality Egyptian cotton sheets. All of our bedding is made from long-staple Giza cotton that was picked in the Nile River Valley. Along with being highly breathable, Pure Parima sheets boast a silky-soft texture that protects sensitive skin while keeping sleepers warm in winter and cool in summer. Ready to make the most of the longer nights this winter? Shop online today and experience the Pure Parima difference for yourself.