Extra hour may have disrupted body clock
The body’s natural rhythms of sleeping and waking could be knocked off kilter by the clocks moving back at the weekend.
According to an article in the Globe and Mail, altering time in this way can disrupt the body’s major functions, including those that govern sleep, as they are repeated around every 24 hours.
Author Mark Fenske, an associate professor at the University of Guelph, explains that the circadian rhythms can take some time to adjust to a new clock, with clocks moving an hour forward in spring having an even greater impact as an hour of slumber on mattresses is skipped.
He declares: “The quality and duration of sleep is affected with every arbitrary move of the clock.”
The 10:10 climate change campaign has launched a Lighter Later campaign calling for clocks not to be moved back, providing longer winter evenings and potentially reducing energy consumption.
UK clocks went back on Sunday (October 31st) at 02:00.