Daylight Savings Time: A problem for our sleeping pattern?

With just one week left until daylight savings time many of us will lose out on an hour of sleep, many people will wake up this Sunday morning feeling unusually tired (even after Saturday night’s festivities).

Studies at the Alexius Sleep Centre insist that many of us lose out on as much as 40 minutes of sleep, this kind of fatigue can last for several days afterwards, particularly as many of us are heading in to on Monday morning.

Many of us will need to make up for this sleep debt by getting between an early night on Sunday, although the one hour time change may seem trivial, when it comes to your body clock it becomes much more significant.

Losing this hour isn’t the only problem that’s associated with Daylight Savings Time either, many of us will struggle to sleep with these longer days. Many people struggle to sleep with the sunshine streaming through the curtains early in the morning, even though many of us are looking forward to the summer it can be a difficult time for those of us who often suffer from sleep deprivation.

The fact is that no matter how cold and miserable winter is to the British public, it makes for much better sleeping conditions, research has illustrated that the perfect sleeping conditions usually consist of having a cold dark room.

A Positive Outlook:

What the summer time does mean for our sleeping pattern is that more of us have the opportunity to live a more active lifestyle, hopefully the warmer weather will allow many of us to get the appropriate amount of exercise, leading a more active lifestyle (think running, cycling etc) has a significant effect on our sleeping pattern and will make dropping off a much easier process.

Hopefully the change in temperature and the longer days will have a positive effect on our sleep cycles, rather than a negative one.
By Richard Owen