How not to let time change ruin your mood

Kate Phillips | 27. 3. 2019

Transition to summer time is going to take place in the nighttime on 31st March this year and as usual, your clock will move one hour forward. This regular change is difficult for the majority of people. But quite possibly it is going to be one of the last time changes ever...

Even though some people really like the idea of staying in bed for one more hour, when it comes to transition to winter time, various specialists argue that neither of time changes is actually good for us. Significant fatigue necessarily has to come and in some cases, there is even a risk of health problems.

So why time change in the first place? Where does it originate from?

Out of blue...

Time changes always in autumn and spring. It happens (in the name of its original meaning) in order to save electric energy, which is now rather ineffective. You don't save much electricity, quite the opposite actually. Not only your body becomes confused, but traffic as well (the number of accidents enlarges along with the time change). During the WWI, when the time firstly changed, was electricity quite expensive, so the whole change was reasonable. The time was moved forward again during WWII and this change was pronounced as a rule in 1966 in the whole EU.

The majority of people said NO! 84% said they wish for the time change to end. So no more exhausting time setting on your wristwatch will be necessary. And if you're more of a digital watch person, the time will be set automatically, so you can happily observe the very same time.

Brace yourselves, the change is coming...

It's not just a dream, time without change soon becomes a reality. It was firstly meant for the time to stop changing this very spring (or autumn), unfortunately, it's not happening this soon. 5 more time changes are yet to come and the last one should take place in 2021.

Summertime – a definite yes?

A survey in the EU shows that 56% of voters would keep "permanent summer" time, scientists strongly disagree. According to them, keeping the biological and natural time would be healthier.

Don't be moody!

Were you looking forward to abandoning the twice-yearly clock change and now you're disappointed? Take it from the bright side. Let's look through some facts

  • Do you know the term "winter time" is wrong? What we now call "winter time" is, in reality, no winter time at all! It should be called "common time".  Real "winter time" existed between the years 1946 and 1947 and was 2 hours forward compared to standard CET. Imagine the change now! Having to move your clock 2 hours forward must have been awful!
  • Instead of complaining, try to have the most of it!
  • Twice-yearly clock changing has begun 40 years ago. 100 years ago the first clock change took place. You don't have to wait 100 nor 40 years. There are only 2 years remaining! 
  • Last but not least – what's five or six times re-setting your clock compared to infinity?