Expert tips and tricks for living well the transition to summer time

Expert tips

Stay ready: this weekend, the night of Saturday, March 24 to Sunday 25 March, we go to DST, and lose an hour. Thus, at 8 am Sunday, it will actually 9am. Why change now? What are the expert advice to limit the negative effects on our health? Cosmo is the point for a smooth transition.

The time change takes place every year, twice yearly, in spring and fall. This is the European Commission which sets the dates. As for the change in himself, he always takes place the night of Saturday to Sunday at 2am, whether for winter time or summer time.

Why change now?
Change of hours is not a fad: through the switch to summer time, we enjoy a sunny climate and in doing so we save energy.

Nationally, this action significantly reduces annual electricity consumption. In France, for example, annual savings are estimated at 250 000 tonnes of oil equivalent … oh my!

Yet more and more people rise up against this time change. Besides the fact that it is somewhat painful to have to adjust our clocks twice a year, let’s face it!, losing an hour of sleep during the transition to daylight saving time could have adverse effects on our health .

Change of hours, a health hazard?
Some health experts are adamant: the transition to daylight saving time is a health hazard. Increased number of road accidents, heart attacks and suicides … these are the side effects, but not least, the time change.

The cause? Under stress of our busy lives, we live badly the loss of this unfortunate hour.

Rest assured, however, there are solutions for better living time change.

10 Tips for living the time change:
That’s the advice we engage experts to make the transition smooth:

  • Get ahead. In the days before the time change, will you sleep more and earlier, and shift as you wake. For example, take 10 minutes of sleep each night for six nights before the switch to summer time.
  • Expose yourself to sunlight. At sunrise, looking for the sunlight to put your clock on time.
  • Avoid the light at night. After the time change, you go to bed an hour earlier than usual: train your body by adopting a softly lit at night at home.
  • Exercise a little earlier. Do not play sports after 16h, because exercise helps in the evening to stay awake later.
  • Take melatonin, the “sleep hormone”. Take a dose of 2.5 mg four to five hours before bedtime.
  • Do not take naps. This will allow you to go to bed earlier.
  • Limit consumption of stimulants after 16h. Coffee, cola, tea are all drinks that contain stimulants such caffeine. If they are valuable for the morning to emerge for many of us, forget the past 16 hours may disturb your sleep.
  • Listen to your body! Yawning, heavy eyelids, tingling eyes … be responsive to the signals your body sends you.
  • Adjust the firing gradually. If you feel that you will find it difficult to live the time change, shift your alarm clock a few minutes the days before the change.
  • Promote a peaceful and conducive to sleep. No, we did not play Singstar just before going to bed. No, we do not adrenaline either watching a good movie gore before turning off the light. And you avoid watching TV in bed: faith Cosmo, you’ll thank us!
  • Do not forget to remove one hour at your watches, clocks, phones by going to bed Saturday night!

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