Meaning of wintertime
In fact, wintertime is the normal time and it lasts for five months. During summertime, this standard time is deviated. Winter time starts on the last Sunday of October and ends on the last Sunday of March.
Short days, long nights
‘The biorhythm – also called the sleep-wake rhythm – is our internal clock. This is regulated under the influence of the sleep hormone melatonin. Melatonin is aroused when it gets dark and is important for falling asleep. Based on the amount of light, our brains will produce melatonin. In the winter period, more people suffer from sleeping problems due to a lack of light and an unnatural lifestyle. We get up in the dark to go to work and the sun also sets early. Our whole biorhythm gets confused. During the day we are sleepy, but in the evening we are suddenly no longer tired.
The sleep-wake rhythm has become so disrupted in the winter that the day and night rhythm is reversed. During the winter period, it is important to reprogram our sleep-wake rhythm. To do this, we have to get up and go to bed at exactly the same time every day. After 4 weeks our biorhythm has been restored and we are no longer bothered by the winter time.
Tips that can help you after the start of wintertime:
1. You have an extra hour of ‘time’ after wintertime. Have you already thought about what you are going to do? You can take an extra-long walk in the forest, do yoga or meditation exercises or maybe sleep an extra hour.
2. Try to spend as much time as possible in daylight. Do you have a break? Take a walk. Really try to go outside and enjoy the light. Even if it is raining or cloudy, it is still important to go outside.
3. Take extra vitamin D. Eat more fatty fish during the winter months. This is a natural source of vitamin D. Avoid sweets and limits carbohydrate-rich meals such as white bread and white rice, but eat more whole grains.
5. Get up at a set time and go to sleep at a set time (before midnight). Also on weekends.