Setting your clock back an hour early this Sunday morning may led to depressingly shorter days, but experts believe the end of daylight saving time is healthy in general.
In the short term, our bodies adjust to the end of daylight saving better than the beginning because it’s always easier to absorb an hour more of sleep than deal with an hour less.
Chronobiology researcher Till Roenneberg of Ludwig Maximilans University in Munich, Germany also argues that humans get better sleep — and reap the health benefits that go along with that — when daylight saving time has been turned off.
“The circadian clock does not change to the social change,” Roenneberg explained. “During the winter, there is a beautiful tracking of dawn in human sleep behavior, which is completely and immediately interrupted when daylight saving time is introduced in March.”