More daylight to boost UK's wellbeing
Dreading winding the clocks back this weekend, official confirmation it's winter time? A report published in the British Medical Journal has claimed that putting the clocks back an hour really is bad for our health, a better solution would be to leave the clocks as they are this autumn and put them forward two hours in spring. It's thought the extra hours of daylight at the end of the day would encourage more outdoor activity. Experts believe this would vastly improve the health of the nation by reducing the risk of life-threatening illnesses associated with sedentary lifestyles such as heart disease and diabetes.
ZEST SAYS: Messing around with our body clocks twice a year has an impact way beyond that extra hour in bed. A recent German study found that our sleep-wake cycle is affected for six weeks after we change the clocks in autumn and for four weeks in spring. That's all we need as the busiest time of the year approaches: another reason leading to a disturbed night's sleep. For tips on how to destress and help get your sleep cycle back on an even keel, check out our 15-second stress busters. Oh and don't forget to change your clocks on Sunday at 2am!
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