Time change 2014 abolish winter time?
Changing to winter time often brings problems
Late-risers can look forward to the weekend, as the summertime ends in the night from Saturday to Sunday and the clocks are put back one hour. But the extra hour of sleep does not get everyone, but brings with many people „inner clock“ confused and can lead to sleep disorders, irritability or headaches. Accordingly, time and again the need for time change is discussed and many experts call for abolition.
Clocks are reset one hour from Saturday to Sunday
Those who like to sleep a bit longer can do so without a guilty conscience next weekend, because during the night from Saturday to Sunday the winter time starts again, which will last until the next time change on March 29, 2015 in all EU member states. Accordingly, the clocks are reset at 2 o'clock in the morning back to 2 o'clock, so we get the one hour's sleep, so to speak „given“. But the time change also has its downside, because it is now morning light in the morning, but in the evening but also early dark, get most people only a little sunlight after work.
More than 70% wish to abolish winter time
Accordingly, the rejection of the time change is correspondingly large, so the result of a survey of DAK health. Accordingly, only 27 percent of Germans would consider the time change to be useful, the vast majority (71 percent), however, was for an abolition, reports the DAK. The surprise: Almost 60 percent of the conversion opponents would rather live permanently after the summer time - although actually the winter time as „standard time“ which, from the point of view of scientists and health experts, is considered to be more favorable for metabolism and well-being.
For the people, a bright morning is more important than a bright evening
„Why many now just for the summer time plead as permanent time, we can only guess. Maybe it's the positive thing associated with the summer. From a medical point of view, winter time is healthier for the organism“, Elisabeth Thomas, a doctor at DAK-Gesundheit. Even in science and sleep research is repeatedly confirmed that the „inner clock“ Humans function better in the winter time, because for them a bright morning is more important than a bright evening. „For example, if we go to work or school in the dark, an important signal is missing,“ explains Elisabeth Thomas.
Night owls in the changeover in spring usually even more affected
Accordingly, the attitude of many experts is critical: „The time change should be abolished, "said the chronobiologist Thomas Kantermann „Mirror online“. However, despite the drawbacks, it should be kept in mind that switching from winter to summer time is even more problematic for most people. If in the spring the clocks are put forward an hour, then above all else „late types“ whose most active time of day often begins in the afternoon and extends into the night. Therefore, the „night owls“ According to Thomas Kantermann often a problem with the fact that it suddenly stays longer in the evening: „It causes us to sleep less and the inner clock is disturbed. "Even for many early risers, the change in the spring is often more disabling, because by the „stolen“ In the morning you have to get up in the dark in the morning, which is often a real thing „Mini jet lag“ with symptoms such as tiredness, insomnia or headache.
Time change saves energy, according to the Federal Environment Agency
The time change was introduced in the late 1970s, to save energy after the oil crisis in 1973 by a better use of daylight. But also by the forward and backward of the time here according to the Federal Environment Agency no positive effect can be determined: „Although citizens are less likely to turn on the lights in the evenings during the summer, they also heat more in the morning and in the early hours of the morning - this will cancel each other out ", said a 2007 response to a request on the effects of the time change According to spokesman Steffen Seibert, politicians like the Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Ilse Aigner, have been campaigning for an end to the changeover of time - but, according to spokesman Steffen Seibert, this is currently not an issue for the German government „dpa“ It was said that this step required the agreement of all 28 EU member states, which was "not in prospect at the moment".
In autumn and winter as often as possible in the fresh air
According to the DAK expert Elisabeth Thomas, anyone who has problems with the time change should try to get as many sunbeams as possible in autumn and winter: „Go outside often, for example during lunch break or on weekends. So the dark season becomes a little bit brighter. Fresh air and exercise also helps keep your immune system strong.“ (No)