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Disturbed sleep since the clocks went back?

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Mwdebbie Wed 01-Nov-23 05:06:11

Has anyone found their sleep disrupted over the past few days since the clocks went back? I normally go to bed about 10pm, asleep within 15 minutes and naturally wake up around 5am. Since the clocks changed, I’m wide awake at 4am! Is anyone else experiencing this and are there any tips to help shift my wake-up time to 5am (or even 6am!)

grandMattie Wed 01-Nov-23 05:29:46

Yes! I always get “jet lag” at this time of year. I’m usually wide awake around 0500, but at the moment it’s more like 0330. Horrible, isn’t it?

I don’t sleep much at night and need a nap most afternoons.

Poppyred Wed 01-Nov-23 06:12:53

Wide awake at 5am today and yesterday. Didn’t associate it with the clocks turning back. ….but could well be.

fancythat Wed 01-Nov-23 06:41:53

No tips particularly.

I do find it takes me a week to adjust.
My body does it gradually, but I give it a helping hand by staying up later in the evenings of the week following the clocks change.

Sparklefizz Wed 01-Nov-23 07:41:13

Yes, I get this when the clocks go back and the idea of getting an extra hour's sleep is a joke because I have been waking up at 3.30 or 4 ish. The full moon might not have helped as mentioned on a different thread.

Iam64 Wed 01-Nov-23 07:56:03

Yes - I woke at 5.15 am, finally got up at 6 to make a cup of tea. I get jet lag these days with any interruption to my sleep pattern

Oldnproud Wed 01-Nov-23 08:24:25

My body clock seems to adjust naturally based on the amount of daylight, so by the time the clocks change in both October and March, I am more or less ready for it - more ready for getting up at the new time but slightly less ready for going to bed at the new time, that is.

That said, I am never a great sleeper, but certainly no worse when the clocks have just changed.

Joseann Wed 01-Nov-23 09:07:19

Yes, and the dog is still on old time too. Add in the stormy weather tonight and we might as well give up.

Chestnut Wed 01-Nov-23 09:13:36

I always take a week to adjust, but we've been doing it for 60+ or 70+ years so should be used to it by now! It's harder with young children but I don't remember having any trouble, unless that's just my memory failing.

SueDonim Wed 01-Nov-23 13:32:54

Not for me. I travelled back from the US on Sunday so had a five hour time difference instead. I seem to have escaped the worst of jet lag by staying awake until bed time on Monday then getting back into a normal routine asap.

henetha Wed 01-Nov-23 13:37:15

Yes, I do have a bit of disruption for a week or two, but it soon settles down again.
Possibly stormy disruption tonight!

MaggsMcG Wed 01-Nov-23 17:07:54

Its about time we left the clocks alone there is no reason to change them any more. We should just leave it as it is now, which is the correct GMT.

watermeadow Thu 02-Nov-23 20:50:05

This makes me mad every time. It takes me a week or more to adjust as I and my animals are doing everything at the wrong time and starting every day wide awake too early.
What is the point of it anyway? The days carry on shortening and by Christmas we have sixteen hours of darkness, no matter what the clocks say.

FrankandEarnest Thu 02-Nov-23 20:58:49

we have had the full moon this week remember, affecting our circadian rhythms, waking up to a bright light akin to a laser beam, shining through the curtains at 4.00am, up for the obligatory wee, glass of cold water, thinks, I will make a mug of herbal tea, hungry, made toast and peanut butter, then had to scrub teeth, back to bed, awoke at 8.50, shocked, good thing I don’t have to go to work, felt groggy all morning, it’s the moon.

Sheila11 Sat 04-Nov-23 11:21:26

Even the dogs want feeding an hour earlier in the evening, as soon as the light starts to fade.
Roll on Spring!

Growing0ldDisgracefully Sat 04-Nov-23 11:29:44

Yes it's a pain in the proverbial. Luckily I no longer work but always felt the effects worse then, especially driving home in dark. It didn't give me a drive to work in daylight, as I was still leaving in the dark, and just gave me the drive home in the dark as well. I wish they would leave the clocks on BST next spring and have done with it.

Cagsy Sat 04-Nov-23 11:42:29

I enjoyed the extra hour in bed and usually sleep like a log , I dislike losing an hour when they change again but at least it’s spring then.

Elusivebutterfly Sat 04-Nov-23 11:44:47

I find the autumn change is no problem but struggle with losing the hour in the spring.

Blossoming Sat 04-Nov-23 12:05:36

Happens to me twice a year but settles down after a while. It doesn’t really affect me now I’ve retired but struggled with what felt like longer working days and tiredness. My working hours were not longer, of course, but my body clock was all confused.

sandelf Sat 04-Nov-23 12:10:57

Of course. Why we do this twice a year beats me. Talk about self inflicted wound!

JdotJ Sat 04-Nov-23 12:13:32

One of the 'many' TV doctors was giving advice just before the clock changes in regard to children's sleep but could be equally useful for us Grans....
The week leading up to the changes just go to bed earlier/later by a few minutes each night so your body clock can adjust easier.

Mallin Sat 04-Nov-23 12:28:29

Never ever notice clocks going backwards and forwards. Go to sleep when I’m tired and wake up 7 hours later
Ok so I’m 20years retired and don’t have to adjust sleep to working hours, but why bother about sleep if there’s a decent book to read.

JaneJudge Sat 04-Nov-23 12:32:36

I've been terrible this week but I am always the same whichever direction it goes in!

sunbar Sat 04-Nov-23 12:41:33

Those of us across the pond are going to turn our clocks back tonight. And yes I agree I wish they would stop messing around with that hour. However the time change does not really bother me I prefer this one to springing forward

Mojack26 Sat 04-Nov-23 14:40:30

Yes Your Circadian rhythm is out of sync.