As Britons head towards the first Spring weekend of 2012, The Sleep Council is advising everyone not to lose any sleep over it!

For while it may put a spring in our steps, this weekend is also the shortest one of the year. The clocks go forward by one hour on Sunday March 25 as European Summer Time begins, meaning one less hour of weekend.

Said Jessica Alexander of The Sleep Council: “A lot of people may be tempted to pack as much as possible into the weekend and make up the lost hour by having less sleep. But our advice would be to cut back on chores rather than snores – it will do you far more good!”

These are The Sleep Council’s Top Six Tips for surviving the weekend shortfall:

1. Avoid the temptation to stay out too late on Saturday night – that will rob you of sleep before you even get into bed. Shave just half an hour off your normal night out (or in) and you’re halfway towards making up the potential sleep deficit.

2. Set the alarm to go off half an hour later than you normally would on a Sunday morning.

3. Create a restful sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible.

4. Make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old.

5. Don’t over-indulge on Saturday night. Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, just before bedtime, can play havoc with sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night.

6. Before you fall into bed on Saturday night, DON’T FORGET TO PUT YOUR CLOCKS FORWARD BY ONE HOUR!

And just to prove that a good night’s sleep in a decent bed can do wonders for how you look and feel, here’s what one or two people have had to say about sleep:

“I’ve actually become a better sleeper than I used to be by doing the things you should do in bed rather than the things you shouldn’t, such as being on my laptop or watching TV. Bed should be a place for just two things – love and sleep.” Kylie Minogue

“Sleeping is my drug. The bed is the dealer. The alarm clock is the police.” iLiketoquote.com “There’s nothing like climbing into crisp, clean sheets at the end of a long, tiring day.” Kirstie Allsopp

“Sleep is the best thing for happiness, beauty, everything.” Penelope Cruz “You can party as much as you like, but lack of sleep makes you old!” Yasmin Le Bon

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