Set yourself a reminder on your phone, because next Sunday, November 4 at 2am marks the beginning of the autumn time change, in which we roll back the clocks an hour to adjust to the shorter sunlight of winter. (“Take it back now y’all…” Cha Cha Slide, anyone?)
The good news: Rolling back the clock means gaining, rather than losing, an hour of sleep (hallelujah!). And contrary to springing ahead, the rate of heart attacks decrease after rolling clocks back an hour.
The bad news: This still affects your body’s circadian rhythm. In fact, a 2001 National Institute of Health study showed that there was “a significant increase in number of accidents on the Sunday of the fall shift.”
Regardless of whether you are springing forward or falling back an hour, it can take the body up to a week to completely adjust to the new time change.
So what are some ways you can prepare your body for the time shift?