This Sunday you will gain an hour when daylight saving time ends at 2am. But spending that hour in bed after sunrise will do you a little favors in the long run, experts say. “Only if your body clock is tuned to waking up with sunlight, you’re going to benefit.”
The body clock is a cluster of neurons deep inside the brain that generates a circadian rhythm. The cycle spans roughly 24 hours.
The signal is SUNLIGHT! “It corrects the cycle from approximately 24 hours to precisely 24 hours.” But when the sleep-wake and the light-dark cycles do not line up, people can feel out-of-sync, tired and grumpy.
Use these 5 tips to fall back from daylight saving time:
- Wake up at your normal time on Sunday.
- Eat well and exercise Sunday
- Get a GOOD night’s sleep on Sunday.
- Try a low dose of melatonin
- Know that your body will eventually adjust.