The air is crisp and the leaves are becoming colorful and beginning to fall from the trees. Daylight is starting to wane earlier. We are moving closer to the end of Daylight Savings Time. On November 6th, at 2 am we will set our clocks back 1 hour. There are various schools of thought pertaining to the perceived benefits of saving daylight and it’s become a rather controversial subject. That could be a post all by itself.
Today I would like to talk about how setting our clocks back or, setting them forward, makes us feel. I know how I feel for about 1-2 weeks after the time change…tired. It doesn’t matter that I got an extra hour of sleep, I still feel tired as I move about my day.
There are studies that show that our internal clocks which are set by light and darkness don’t adjust to an additional hour of sunlight at the end of the day. The effects to the majority of us includes, decreased productivity, increased susceptibility to illness, and just being tired.
If you never noticed this feeling of being tired after we adjust our clocks, that’s great, but I think you may be in the minority. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a solution to this sleepy dilemma, but if you have, I would love to hear about it. Feel free to post your thoughts here.