When do the clocks go forward (and how to prepare for the shorter nights ahead!)

The clocks will go forward one hour at 1am on Sunday 25th March 2018. Most of us herald the start of British Summer Time for its promise of long sunny days and short nights.  But the clocks going forward at the end of this month does, of course, deprive us all of an extra hour in bed.

So, we are offering our best tips on making the most of those short summer nights. With The Sleep Council naming March as National Bed Month, there’s never been a better time to make your four posts the cosiest, healthiest, sleepiest place to be. Our resident Sleep Expert Christabel Majendie says, “Moving the clocks backwards or forwards means our body clock is temporarily out of sync with the local day-night cycle and it can take time to adjust to this shift.  It varies from person to person but you might be surprised to learn that typically it takes up to three days for the brain and body to adjust.”

So how can we prepare ourselves to maximise sleep during the shorter nights ahead?

“Clean Sleeping” is an increasingly popular concept and we have been practising these principles with our Natural Sleep movement from the outset.  Our company was born when founders Mark Tremlett and Peter Tindall decided to reinvent baby mattresses using the same all-natural technique they’d developed to replace synthetic mattresses in yachts. Seventeen years later and Naturalmat is – as its name suggests – a leader in natural sleep for both babies and adults, by providing handmade products made of the finest organic and natural materials, that are sourced as locally as possible to the Devon factory.

Christabel says there is science behind the concept.  “Natural sleep is a movement born out of a greater understanding of the importance of quality sleep.  Circadian rhythm is an ancient clock that rules our sleep and determines our health and wellness, and keeping close to the natural way of things helps our bodies maintain that essential rhythm.” That means the rules of “sleep hygiene” can make a huge difference to the way you feel and perform in day to day life.  These include the obvious things like avoiding too much caffeine and alcohol late at night but also smaller changes such as ensuring you have enough fresh air in the bedroom and getting outside in the daylight for a decent amount of time each day.

And finally, in terms of guaranteeing the best slumber, take a look at what you’re putting on your bed.  Opt for natural fibres like cotton, linen, lambswool and feather, rather than synthetics which don’t allow your skin to breathe. Christabel says, “Turn your heating off at night and aim for a cool bedroom in the range of 16-18 degrees Celsius as this is the optimum temperature level for sleep.  Using duvets, blankets and bed linen made from natural fibres such as cotton and wool will regulate your body temperature more efficiently than manmade fibres. Try the Naturalmat range of duvets and pillows made from organic wool or goose down, as well as sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers made from organic cotton for the best possible sleep.”

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