Switching from summer to winter time is easier for many people. With the changeover in autumn, many people wake up earlier in the morning – but they are tired earlier in the evening. Infants and the elderly are more likely to be affected.
Usually, however, this shift levels off again after a few days. Tip: If you do not take an afternoon nap during the transition phase, you can fall asleep better at night and sleep through the night. If possible, you should avoid taking sleeping pills. Herbal remedies such as valerian, lemon balm or hops, for example in the form of teas, are unproblematic.
Switching to daylight saving time is more difficult for many
In spring, when we switch to summer time, an hour is “stolen” from us: Many people find this change more difficult than the end of summer time in autumn. If you can afford it, you should therefore proceed gradually on the weekend before changing to daylight saving time and shift the rhythm of life, including meal times, by half an hour on Saturday.
On Sunday, the daily routine can then be shifted forward by a whole hour – then the first Monday morning in summer is easier to cope with. This is important because there are more traffic accidents on this day. According to a Swedish study, the number of heart attacks increases after the switch to summer time.
“The nonsense of summer time is that it not only changes to an hour earlier, but that the internal clock is also set later by the evening light, so that the real difference between the internal and external clock is much greater than an hour.”
Till Roenneberg, Professor of Chronobiology in Munich
Everyone has their own internal clock
Everyone has their own rhythm, according to which he or she should – actually – live. One is already awake at seven in the morning, the other has to turn around at this time. Doctors warn against living against your own internal clock over a longer period of time. The consequences of an unnatural rhythm of life can be stomach and intestinal diseases, cardiovascular problems and depressive moods.
Everyday life looks different
Everyday life takes no account of the internal clock.
In everyday life we all too often overhear the ticking of our internal clock: If the body and mind want to sleep early in the morning, we have to get up and study or go to work. Our brain only works really well around ten o’clock. At lunchtime in the office, we don’t allow our body and mind the 30-minute break that our bio-rhythm demands. In addition, we are usually up much too late in the evening.