The last weekend in March, the whole of Europe changes its clocks. Daylight saving time will then apply. Around this date, we discuss every year anew: “When will daylight savings time be abolished?”. Will this year be the last time that the daylight saving time change takes place?
In August 2018, all EU citizens took part in an online survey and voted whether they were for or against the abolition of the time clock changes. The result of the survey shows that the majority of European citizens are in favor of a permanent summertime.
- Daylight saving time 2020: When do we change our clocks?
- How do I prepare for the time change?
- Why is the time being changed?
Daylight saving time 2020: When do we change our clocks?
Many people ask themselves the question on which day the time change is. In 2020, clocks will be set to summertime on Sunday, 29 March.
Daylight saving time: Do clocks go forward or backward?
At exactly 2 o’clock, the clock is adjusted to 3 o’clock. That leaves you an hour short. You can see that too because it is an hour longer dark in the morning and longer light in the evening.
But how can you best remember this? Our favourite mnemonic bridge will help you decide whether to put the clock forward or backward. Use a thermometer as a guide when changing the time:
- In summer there are plus degrees Celsius: the clock goes forward one hour
- In winter there are minus degrees Celsius: The clock goes back one hour.
TFA-tip for time clock changes
Opt for clocks with DCF radio connection. Be it
- Wireless weather stations,
- Digital radio controlled clocks,
- Analogue radio controlled clocks,
- Digital radio controlled alarm clocks or
- Analogue radio controlled alarm clocks.
You save yourself the trouble of setting the time and the correct time is reliably available to the second all year round.
How do I prepare for the time change?
At the latest on Monday, when the alarm clock rings, we feel the change in time. It is true that in the current coronavirus pandemic, as many workers as possible are in their home offices, but not everyone can stay at home. Many have to get out early because they are looking after our health, safety, and care.
Our biorhythms need a few days to settle down again. The following measures will help your body to adjust to the new time:
- Change your sleep on Friday: If your daily routine allows it, go to bed earlier on Friday and start Saturday earlier.
- Waking up with daylight: A method of waking up gently is to leave it to the sun to wake you up. The slowly brightening daylight will wake you up naturally. Alternatively, you can use a light alarm clock, e.g. the light alarm clock with colour-changing mood light and room climate SOLUNA, which simulates sunrise.
- Power nap at noon is canceled: Are you one of those people who recharge their batteries at midday with a short nap? A very healthy routine! But to help your body get used to the time change, you should avoid taking a midday nap in the first week of summertime. This means that you will go to bed earlier in the evening because of tiredness sets in much earlier.
- Dinner during the time change: With a full stomach we feel completely exhausted, but we usually cannot sleep well. Our organism is so busy with digestion that it has no opportunity to shut down and prepare for sleep. Therefore, especially in the days after the time change, it is important to eat light food in the evening and to avoid rich food.
- Get some fresh air: A healthy lifestyle also includes exercise in the fresh air. If you feel tired and listless, a walk is just the thing. The oxygen-rich outdoor air will revive you so that your body and brain can perform well again
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Why is the time being changed?
Changing the clock has been the subject of many discussions since the middle of the 18th century with the aim of saving energy. Some of the greats of our history, such as Benjamin Franklin, the founding father of the United States, are regarded as the inventors of the summertime.
In Germany, the time clock change has a changeable past. The first introduction of the summertime in 1916 was a war measure to save energy. After the First World War, Germany reversed the unpopular time clock change, only to reintroduce it in 1940 during the Second World War. In 1949, both West and East agreed to end the annual time clock change.
The oil crisis in the 1970s prompted France to introduce the summertime. Other European countries followed, mainly in order to simplify cross-border traffic. It was not until 1980 that East and West Germany reintroduced the time clock change by decree. Since then we have changed our clocks twice a year.
Does the time changeover to summertime save energy?
Winter is the most energy-intensive season. Rooms are heated and more electric light is needed. It is said that switching from summer to wintertime saves energy. In summer, the evenings are longer bright and so we save one hour of electric light by changing the time. However, since summertime starts in spring, we need heating energy one hour earlier during the transition period, especially in March, April, and October.
Research has shown that the energy-saving effect, if any, is minimal.
What happens during a permanent changeover to daylight saving time?
A permanent introduction of summertime, as requested by the EU survey, would have far-reaching consequences. Scientists warn that the “Cloxit” would result in a chronically tired and sleepy society. Due to the prolonged brightness in the evening, one does not get tired in time but still has to get up early in the morning.
In case of a permanent summertime, the sunrise would be one hour later. Depending on where they live, children would have to go to school in the dark for up to six weeks long and would be much more at risk as pedestrians or cyclists in road traffic.
There are many more pros and cons of changing the clock. However, the next change will definitely still take place and our body will have to face the mini-jetlag because our inner clock cannot be moved that easily.