The Lost Hour of Sleep

“The hours of folly are measured by the clock; but of wisdom, no clock can measure”    
William Blake


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Daylight Savings Time is a relatively new phenomenon. The century-old practice of trading an earlier sunrise for a seemingly longer day during winter is a bit strange—in fact, it comes with just as much criticism as it does acclaim. Pros and cons aside, one thing that most people seem to detest about the winter-ending ritual each spring is losing an hour of sleep as move our clocks forward.

If we were a generally well-rested society, it may not be so bad to lose just one hour, one time—but that’s not the case.

Researchers have shown, time and again, the staggering effects of sleep deprivation. Paired with shocking statistics about just how many people are actually sleep deprived, the results paint the picture of a sleep-deprived nation. Every year, before the end of Daylight Savings Time, the National Sleep Foundation celebrates Sleep Awareness Week as a way to draw attention to the impact sleep has on quality of life, productivity, health and more. During the week, the Foundation will reveal the results of its annual Sleep in America poll results.

Though the 2015 results are not out yet, the 2014 poll offers some fascinating insight into sleep quality stats for adults and children nationwide—and it shows the tremendous impact that electronics use in the bedroom plays in sleep.

We believe that proper planning and scheduling the necessary hours of sleep each night are both critical to restful night, but you can never, ever forget the power of a good mattress.  We’re proud to offer a number of the best brands, including Simmons Beautyrest, Sealy Posturepedic, Stearns & Foster, Serta iComfort and Ashley Sleep.  Feel free to come get fitted for the right mattress, test one out, and maybe even take a quick cat nap in one of our showrooms.


From its beginnings in 1967 operating a single home furnishings store, Wellsville Carpet Town, Inc. (WCT) has grown to become one of the nation’s Top 100 Furniture Retailers in the U.S., according to the trade magazine, Furniture Today. WCT operates 11 Ashley Furniture HomeStores throughout western New York, central Pennsylvania and central Ohio—throughout Buffalo, Rochester, Olean and Horseheads, New York; Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Johnstown and Altoona, Pennsylvania. It also operates an Ashley Furniture Outlet, and a Carpet Town Carpet One store. 

All Ashley Furniture HomeStores are independently owned and operated by a network of individual retailers, each licensed to operate in key market areas. WCT opened the first Ashley Furniture HomeStore in New York State in 2001 in Horseheads.