I woke up at 5:30am today. I usually wake up at 7:30-8, so this was weird.
Then I remember we just changed to Summer Time. While one hour shouldn’t make a difference, it kinda messed my sleep.
Apparently it’s quite common, as seen below. I genuinely wish we would make the change to just one time (Winter time, if possible) sooner rather than later.
Most noticeably, Daylight Saving can throw off sleep cycles. Your circadian rhythm is your body’s natural 24-hour cycle. A disruption in this rhythm, like Daylight Saving, is typically environmental, not genetic. Therefore, individuals can easily adjust behaviors that may cause issues, such as a poor sleep schedule. The rule of thumb is that for each hour of time change, it takes a day to adjust. So, if you get seven to eight hours of sleep and go to bed a little early the night before, you should wake feeling refreshed. However, if you already lack sleep and perhaps consume some caffeine or alcohol the night before, you might wake feeling sleep-deprived. Time to reset your internal clock!