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Twice a year the clock is turned on and a distinction is made between winter and summer time. But why are the clocks ever changed and how does the change affect our body? We have all the information for you and give you tips to help you and your family get through the time change.

In winter it comes to us quite convenient, in the summer rather not: the time change.Twice a year, the clocks are advanced or retarded by one hour at night - on the last Sunday in March and October.While we can sleep a bit longer in the winter, the inner bastard is already a bit louder in summer time. Because then the clock hand jumps directly from two to three o'clock and "steals" us an hour of sleep.

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  • Reaction of our body to the clock change
  • How to get through the time change well
  • Why is the clock changed?
  • Summer time and winter time - what's the benefit of the change?

Reaction of our body to the clock change

In addition to the question of how useful the time change is at all, another important question concerns us: What is the time change with our body? Many people feel that they are more likely to be affected by the change, that they sleep worse and are accordingly tired. How much influence the change of the time actually has on our biorhythm, so deal with numerous scientific studies: 27 percent of the German population to respond according to a Forsa study on behalf of the DAK insurance on the time change with a kind of mini jet lag.

Our tip: Gentle habituation

Those who react sensitively to the change of time or who would like to get used to the change slowly should keep it like the dairy farmers: Start the time to fall asleep backwards or forwards - in time depending on the season. To get a good night's sleep to switch to summer time, avoid unnecessary stimuli in the evening, such as reading on a tablet or smartphone. Changing showers in the morning, fresh air and exercise, on the other hand, help against tiredness and get the circulation going again.

Why is the clock changed?

Since 1980 the summer time applies in Germany. It was introduced to make better use of daylight and save energy. Since 2002, the changeover is mandatory for all EU member states. The United States (with a few exceptions) and numerous other countries such as Chile or even Samoa reverse the clock. However, most of the world's nations stay at the same time year round. The idea of ​​being able to work more economically in this way began in the 18th century. Already in 1784, the American Benjamin Franklin was worried about people's energy consumption - albeit in the form of candles than in kilowatt hours. Incidentally, there was already a regulation in Germany during the First World War to change the clock, which was then suspended until the eighties.

Summer time and winter time - what's the benefit of the change?

There are many discussions about the meaning of the semi-annual time change! For now it has been proven that the introduction of a summer time does not really save. Although the consumption of light energy decreases during this time, the heating costs rise during the cooler months in the morning. From an economic point of view, the change will not bring any advantages. For example, farmers need to get their dairy cows up to the new time over a longer period of time to keep dairy yields stable rather than being stressed by an abrupt changeover. However, there are also sectors such as the construction industry, where the seasons have already worked according to the daily rhythm of the seasons before the statutory introduction of summer time. And so politics, science and the media regularly discuss whether one should stick to the change at all and whether it has not long since abolished. However, a new abolition would have to be coordinated by the EU for the whole of Europe today.

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Daniela Schwabel

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