When do we move the clocks back?
At the end of daylight saving on Sunday, 7 April 2019 for those of us living in NSW, VIC, SA, Tasmania and the ACT the clocks will be put back one hour at 3am, meaning we will enjoy an extra hour in our night, so an extra hour of sleep. The term 'fall back' is used in many countries so we remember to turn our clocks back one hour. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 7 Apr 2019 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Thanks to that extra hour, "falling back" isn't nearly as disruptive to our bodies as putting the clocks forward at the beginning of daylight saving. The body's circadian rhythm, our built in time clock, operates on a slightly longer than 24-hour cycle, so being able to extend our day is much easier than it is to shorten our day. The body clock is used to a little bit of extra time.
While it can take up to a week to feel back to normal after the beginning of Daylight Saving Time in October, in March it usually takes only one night.
Falling back may even help us to sleep better. After the time change, it will get dark earlier, which could prompt us to go to bed earlier, especially after the long, well-lit summer evenings that encourage us to stay up much later. It will be lighter in the mornings, so make it easier to get up to do some exercise to start the day well.
For more information on getting a better night's sleep view our fact sheets.
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