On the last Sunday of October, the clock will be back in an hour. Winter time starts and we can sleep for an hour longer! Nice say … or not then !? This switch from summer to winter is not as nice for everyone. The sleep-wake-up rhythm can be confused, and some of us may cause sleep problems .
Summer time and winter time
Twice a year many European countries have their clock. In spring, on the last Sunday of March, time is adjusted to summer time and we set the clock one hour ahead. On the last Sunday of October, the clock is set back an hour: winter time begins. This is the “true” original time and lasts five months.
Why do we have a summer and winter time?
The idea behind the summer and winter came from British George Hudson . He thought that a time difference would give extra sunlight. By setting the clock in the summer for an hour, it is an hour longer at the end of the day.
This makes it possible to enjoy the sunlight for an hour and in that hour no lights need to be lit. So summer time is also energy saving!
The influence of wintertime on sleep
In the spring the clock is set an hour ahead and our rhythm needs to be adjusted again. So, in black and white, we sleep (an hour before we adjust), and we lose sleep for one hour, which can also lead to fatigue.
But as a result of the change from summer to winter, sleep problems can occur in the days and weeks after setting the new time. The benefit of an hour longer sleep seems to be limited. Your body’s sleep watch rhythm must adapt to the new rhythm, often weeks after setting winter time. Especially on people who already sleep poorly can have a bad effect.
By setting winter time, we are exposed to daylight for one hour. In winter the days are shorter and the nights longer. Here your body must also get used to. Less sunlight (and disturbed sleep rhythm ) can also lead to less energy, somberness, a winter dip on even winter depression.
Tips to limit the influence of winter time
To make sure that you experience the least disadvantages when setting winter time, it is important to ‘turn your biological clock’ back on. If you are comfortable with this, your body can get used to wintertime and after a few weeks you will not experience any complaints:
– Prepare yourself for winter time. For example, sleep an hour later on the evening that sets winter time. That’s how you get along with time.You can also sleep a week later every day, so that your body has slowly gone to this rhythm.
– In the days after setting winter time, make sure you always go to bed and get up to the same time. Do this on weekends too!
– At about five o’clock the sun is under, so try to catch as much light as possible! For example, turn on a light alarm or keep your curtains open at night. During the day, spend a lot of time outdoors.
– Set up rituals in the evening before going to sleep to promote sleep. For example, go to the bath after eating, then take a nice sitting clothes, grab a book and a cup of tea, read for a while, do some exercises and go to bed. Do you do this every day, then build a calm rhythm and prepare your body for the night.
– Try to enjoy the extra hours you get. For example, get up to your normal time in the morning and do something that you really like. That way you do not mind it mentally.