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Sleep: advice for negotiating the transition to winter time

A change that will allow everyone to "win" one hour of sleep
A change that will allow everyone to "win" one hour of sleep

The night from Saturday to Sunday many countries will transit to winter time. A change that will allow everyone to "win" one hour of sleep, but which sometimes causes disruptions in our daily life.

Here are good tips for easy adaptation to the transition to winter time.

An offset disrupting the biological rhythm

Despite this sympathetic perspective, most sleep experts are pointing the finger at the time changes, which take place in October and March each year. According to them, this measure would disrupt the biological rhythm of people, especially the most vulnerable, such as children and the elderly.

The disruption of biological rhythms would not only cause sleep disorders, but also affect appetite, ability to work and even mood. However, switching to winter time would be less disruptive in terms of sleep disorders that the transition to summer time, when the night is shortened by one hour.

On the eve

People who are very prone to stress may feel distressed by the consequences of the time change, including the need to set the new time for all their electronic equipment. Most of the equipment (computer, TV, DVD player) can be set to winter time in advance. Set a new time on the eve also has the advantage of accustoming the body to the time change before it happens.

Adapt gradually

Many doctors and psychologists advise to anticipate the change in schedule, especially for children. The time change disturbs many habits, and children may lose their appetite, or become grumpy. The ideal is to gradually change the rhythm of a baby to avoid an abrupt change. For example, starting on Thursday, shift the time by 15 minutes per hour for waking, meals and a sleeping. It will help the baby accommodate to a new time more easily.

To bed later

A good practical advice for people who love to go to bed early is going to bed later (about one hour) on Saturday night. Thus, with the same number of hours of sleep, they wake up at a substantially regular time.

What if we are disturbed?

Some people feel a great fatigue or malaise after a schedule change. They can only wait for some time to get used to time changes in their lifestyle (work, meals, bedtimes and wake-up). The symptoms disappear in a few days or even weeks.


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