Daylight saving time: poor sleep and less energy

Updated: Apr 18

Sunday 27th of march is the day we need to shift our clock forward one hour for daylight saving time. This usually means losing an hour of sleep. That’s why we were being interviewed by RTL news, a Dutch news website. DST has a lot of disadvantages for our sleep.


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In general, we like DST because it feels like we can enjoy some extra daylight in the evening. But even one hour of a time shift can make it harder to wake up and fall asleep on a set schedule. We need morning light to regulate our internal clock, also known as our circadian rhythm. If you go to work when it’s still dark, work inside an office that lacks light, and get a lot of light during the evening can cause disruptions to your circadian rhythm.


A disrupted circadian rhythm can cause poor sleep and a lack of energy during the day. According to several studies, people who live further east in a time zone are more likely to be happier than people who live further west in a time zone. So, we need to get back to our original time zone to be happier!


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