The clocks are switched to daylight saving time on the last Sunday in March. For many people, this disturbs the rhythm of sleep, and many people are sensitive to the change in time. Older people and children in particular find it difficult to get used to the new rhythm because their bodies are less robust.
This is how you prepare optimally
Experts advise going to bed a few minutes earlier in the days before. So the body can slowly get used to the new time. On Friday and Saturday it is advisable to eat dinner half an hour earlier.
If you don’t get going in the morning in the days after the time change, a few minutes of gymnastics after getting up will work wonders. A few deep breaths at the open window stimulates the circulation. Alternating showers also help you wake up.
Tips against mini-jet lag
If you feel tired and tired on Monday after lunch, you should not take an afternoon nap. A little walk is better. Those who get a lot of daylight during the day release more melatonin in the evening. Sports also drive away tiredness and reduce stress.
If you have problems falling asleep, you should avoid hearty meals at dinner. A full stomach can rob you of sleep. Avoid coffee, black or green tea and alcohol in the evening and use an old household remedy. Hot milk with honey. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is a precursor to the sleep hormone melatonin. The honey ensures that the tryptophan gets into the brain better.
- When switching to summer time, it can help if children go to bed earlier on Saturday evening, so that they are relaxed on Sunday morning.
- Basically, the following tips help with sleep disorders: regular bed times that don’t differ much at the weekend, light exercise, preferably in the afternoon, and no hard-to-digest food in the evening.
- Also important: a not too bright environment in the hours before bed. The sleep hormone melatonin cannot be released by light, so it is difficult for us to get sleepy in the evening.
- Television and smartphones also bring a lot of light into our eyes, which can have adverse effects on sleep.
- Light in the morning, on the other hand, helps you to wake up better, since the sleep hormone melatonin can be broken down more quickly in the light. So especially in summer it is helpful to let the sun in in the morning.
20% of all Europeans will suffer from Monday
“20 percent of Europeans suffer from health problems due to the change of time,” says EU parliamentarian Pavel Svoboda. Disorders of the biorhythm include heart attacks, circulatory problems or premature birth.
The clock advances 1 hour
There is a very simple donkey ladder to remember the time change: it depends on the summer. In spring, when summer is just around the corner, you introduce yourself. In autumn, when summer is over, you put it back. It couldn’t be easier.
84% of the Swiss were against it
A referendum already showed in 1978: 84 percent of the Swiss did not want to change the time. A study from 2016 shows: Over 74 percent of all Germans are against it, in the East it should be 80 percent. The EU Parliament is now considering a possible abolition. Aha!