a health risk?

Virginie hilssone 4 min
The change to winter time is not without consequences for our health.
Changing to winter time is not without consequences for our health.

We will have to make things clear. Each year, the change to winter time occurs on the last full weekend in October; the night of Saturday 30 to Sunday October 31, 2021 at 3 am, it will be 2 am The time change was first applied in 1916, after Germany and the United Kingdom, in an attempt to save energy resources such as coal.

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After being abandoned from 1945 to 1975, it was started up again in 1976, after the 1973 oil crisis due to the rise in energy prices. Since 1998, time change dates have been harmonized within the European Union with the main objective of saving one hour of natural sunlight to save electricity. However, this measure is not without consequences for our health.

Physiological and psychological effects

In fact, advancing your clock one hour can alter our biological clock. It is located in our brain, it is synchronized during a 24-hour day defined by the alternation of day and night and our body is organized in relation to time and external light. So even if this change is only an hour, it can alter all the regulatory and hormonal systems of our body.

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According to some sleep specialists, the change to summer or winter time is even more harmful than jet lag when traveling because in this second situation we adapt to it by modifying our activities and lifestyle, unlike the time change in which an hour is lost or gained, maintaining the same rhythm of life.

Main consequence: this change would also cause sleep disturbances and trouble falling asleep which would also increase the number of traffic accidents. According to a study carried out in 2016 by theAmerican College of Cardiology in Washington, the number of heart attacks increases by 25% on the Monday following the time change.

The weekend promises to be very rainy, especially in the southeast.
The weekend promises to be very rainy, especially in the southeast.

Some tips to better experience this change

There are some tips to follow to regulate your sleep and better cope with this change. You have to prepare for the time change in the previous days. changing the alarm clock from a quarter of an hour to thirty minutes gradually to facilitate adaptation.

In addition, it is recommended to take short naps of 15 to 30 minutes in the early afternoon to limit the effects of fatigue.

In addition, it is recommended to take short naps of 15 to 30 minutes in the early afternoon to limit the effects of fatigue.

Finally, to preserve the quality of your night’s sleep, it is preferable to eat lightly at night and at least two hours before going to bed and limit the use of screens and stimulants like coffee, tea before bed.

In the early stages of your rehabilitation, avoid sleeping late! Try to get as much light as possible (preferably natural) to help regulate the biological clock.

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