Winter time has started. At 3 a.m. the clocks were set back one hour. For most people, that means an extra hour of sleep. In the morning it is now light earlier, in the evening it is darker earlier.
Winter time is officially standard time. Daylight saving time will start again on the last weekend of March 2022. Daylight Saving Time is set to better match the daylight hours in the summer months with the hours when people are awake. This would save electricity, because it stays light for an hour longer in the evening.
For a while there was talk of the fact that changing the clock twice a year would come to an end. The European Commission had proposed that EU member states should be allowed to decide for themselves which standard time they will use, summer time or winter time. This could lead to many illogical differences in Europe.
Nevertheless, the file is still stuck in the European Council, says MEP Hilde Vautmans. “The Commission proposal could count on insufficient support from the Member States. Until they reach an agreement and do not take a position, the negotiations cannot start.” According to the politician, no member state has officially communicated the preference for a specific period of time. “So we will continue to switch between summer and winter time.”
Until now, changing the clock has remained an annual ritual, but there is still some debate about why we do it. Daylight Saving Time is designed to save energy. But what effect does moving the clock have on us? The human body has its own internal biological clock, which is set correctly every day by the light. This clock gives us a rhythm, which ensures that we can anticipate daily recurring issues, such as the light-dark cycle. Because the clock is set for a long time, our biological clock deviates from the calendar clock.
The transition to winter time causes a winter dip for many people, but you can also prevent this. How? You can read all the tips for a smooth transition to winter here.
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