Daylight Saving Time ends November 3. Falling back and springing forward is no fun for people who have difficulty adjusting to change in their circadian rhythm. Although, technically, the time changes Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m., the average person resets the clock before going to bed on Saturday night.
Fall back is the term people use to help them remember which way to reset the clock. This Sunday, when it is 2:00 a.m., the clock should be turned back to 1:00 a.m. However, if someone goes to bed at 10:00 p.m., he should adjust his clock to 9:00 p.m.
Why do we still have to adjust time every spring and fall? Daylight Saving Time began in earnest during World War I when Germany adopted the practice to save coal for the war effort, according to National Geographic. Everyone else soon followed Germany's lead.
The practice of saving daylight continued off and on by various countries. Since the second world war, Daylight Saving Time has been optional for each state. Studies show little gain in the savings of energy, while showing an increase in people who suffer from insomnia.
Just when a person adjusts to the time change, it changes back again. This change in the amount of morning daylight versus the amount of evening daylight can mean the difference in getting a good night's sleep. Until Georgia decides to leave time alone, everyone will just have to cope.
- Keep the same bedtime hours.
- Exercise 30 minutes after dinner for 30 minutes.
- Serve dinner at the same time of day every day, year-round.
- Dim the lights 30 minutes before bed time.