The clock is being turned again: wintertime starts on Sunday; what matters now is how to master the time change “in your sleep.”
Wintertime is here. From the night to Sunday, the clocks are adjusted by one hour. But in which direction and when? We’ll tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming time change, what it will do to you, and how to keep your sleep rhythm on track.
Wintertime 2022: When is the time change?
The time change happens at the same time every year: On the last weekend in October, we switch from “artificial” daylight saving time back to winter time – and, therefore, standard time. This means that the clocks are set back by one hour.
This year on Sunday, October 30, 2022, from 3:00 am to 2:00 am. This means we can sleep an hour longer, but it will also get dark earlier in the evening.
Will the clock be set forward or back?
There are only two things to remember in this context throughout the year, yet most people find it difficult: In which direction do I turn the hand now? The following mnemonic devices will make it easier for you in the future:
Garden furniture is put in front of the door in spring; the clocks are set forward. In the fall, you put it back in the shed; the clocks are set back.
This is why the time change exists
Daylight saving time was introduced in Austria in 1980. At that time, people were convinced that the time change would make better use of daylight and thus save energy. Over the years, however, this conviction has proven to be incorrect. Since we have to heat our homes longer in the mornings of spring and fall due to the time change, the time change does not fulfill its original purpose of saving energy.
The time change is “only” an hour change but can significantly affect sleep or biorhythms. Many people feel sleepy, listless, and tired after the time change, as they have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Lack of sleep causes concentration to suffer and even increases the risk of depression or heart problems. But other health problems, such as digestive problems, fluctuations in heart rate, or loss of appetite, can also occur due to the time change.
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