With the changing of the seasons some areas see a significant difference in the amount of light per day/night cycle. Areas close to the equator experience less of this but the countries unfortunately close to the magnetic poles see a drop-off in the amount of light during the fall and winter months.
Length of daylight affects people in many ways, such as vitamin D production as well as melatonin, regulating your body’s sleep cycle. Things such as Daylight Savings which was meant to economize on energy, or back when it was thought up- candles, has more than just an effect on our wallets.
Our bodies become tired. Anytime you change your schedule by an hour or more it takes a while to adjust. This fatigue causes car crashes, decrease in work performance as well as many other issues people just ‘deal with’ such as headaches.
There is more of an effect when people move their clocks forward, thus losing an hour of sleep. The fall changeover gives people an extra hour to catch up on sleep, but your sleep cycle is still back on the old time for a few weeks.
If your country follows this “Spring ahead” and “Fall back” method of regulating waking daylight hours be careful in the weeks preceding and following the change-over. Give yourself enough time to slowly work towards the new wake and sleep schedule you will need to keep.
Wynn Gwynn is an Illustrator, Editor and Writer of Tuppenny Dreadful, a media company in Darkside of Ealdwic London- Shades District.