Seasons

Summer time costs money and sleep

Every year 1,500,000,000 people set their clock one hour ahead in the spring. The blue countries have summer time, the orange have abolished it and the red have never done anything about it.

When is it summer time?

Daylight saving time starts on the last Sunday of March, when the clock advances an hour at 2 am. Daylight saving time ends on the last Sunday of October when we set the clock back one hour to the winter time or the standard time.

  • 2019 - night from Saturday 30 March to Sunday 31 March
  • 2020 - night from Saturday 28 March to Sunday 29 March
  • 2021 - night from Saturday 27 March to Sunday 28 March

Summer time in Europe may have had the longest time

In 1996 the European Commission introduced the same standard for all EU countries. All Member States must have summer and winter time at the same time: the last weekend of March and the last weekend of October.

In March 2019, however, a majority in the European Parliament voted for the abolition of summer time in Europe.

The European parliamentarians want every country to be able to decide on summer time from 2021 onwards, but the proposal must still be adopted by the Council of Ministers before it can enter into force. At the moment it is still highly uncertain whether it will come to that.

According to proponents of the EU proposal, with current energy-efficient technologies it makes little sense to make the day longer. But the opponents believe that energy can indeed be saved - and do not want to lose the long, light summer evenings.

Around 70 countries worldwide have summer and winter time. However, they do not all follow the same data as the EU.

Every year 1,500,000,000 people set their clock one hour ahead in the spring. The blue countries have summer time, the orange have abolished it and the red have never done anything about it.

Five facts about summer time

In the night from Saturday to Sunday we set the clock one hour ahead. Summer time was once introduced to save energy, but research shows that the transition between summer and winter time is at the expense of health.

  1. The body needs five days to get used to to get up an hour earlier. Our biological clock follows the rhythm of the sun, but if the clock is set, the sun will not last.

  2. The idea to move the clock was first suggested in 1784, when the inventor Benjamin Franklin wanted to save on candles. But only in 1916 was summer time first introduced in Germany.

  3. An hour less sleep may sound irrelevant, but in Canada, traffic researchers recorded an 8 percent increase in the number of traffic accidents in the week after the summer time started.

  4. The transition to summer time cost investors about 25 billion dollars on the American stock markets in 2000. This was due to lack of sleep and concentration problems at the stock market traders.

  5. According to a survey, every American spends 20 minutes to move all its timepieces. That costs society almost 1.5 million dollars in turnover and working time.

Does the clock need to go forwards or backwards?

Should the clock go forwards or backwards when daylight saving time starts?

There is a donkey bridge for that: in the SPRING the clock goes FORWARD.

Video: CUCO - Summertime Hightime feat. J-Kwe$t Official Music Video (November 2019).

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