An hour forward or back?

In autumn the clocks are switched back to winter time – by one hour. While this means that we can sleep an hour longer, it also means that it gets dark earlier. In March it’s exactly the other way around: an hour less sleep, but longer days again.

Time change in October 2022: This is how the clock will change

  • The second time change in 2022 will take place in October. The changeover from summer time to winter time takes place on the last weekend in October.
  • Specifically, this means: On Sunday October 30, 2022 the clock will be over 3 o’clock shifted back an hour in the morning, so 3 a.m. becomes 2 a.m.
  • By switching to winter time, we get one hour for free. At the same time, it is dark an hour earlier.

Winter time 2022: Does the time change work automatically on the cell phone clock?

Anyone who uses a radio clock does not have to change their clock manually. Normally, this is adjusted automatically by a signal from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) in Braunschweig. The time change also takes place automatically on most smartphones, provided the corresponding function has not been deactivated.

In some cases, however, digital displays, for example in household appliances or in cars, have to be converted manually.

Shouldn’t the time change be abolished?

The end of the time change has been in sight for some time, and a majority of EU citizens voted in favor of abolishing it in a survey. 84 percent of those surveyed, most of them from Germany and Austria, stated that they wanted to permanently do without a time change.

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However, implementation is a long time coming. Because while the EU citizens have already announced their will, the majority of the member states have not yet taken a clear position. In order for the change to come into force, the responsible ministers of the EU countries must agree by majority. Nothing has come of the EU Parliament’s plan to abolish the time change by 2021, a final decision is adjourned indefinitely.

History of the time change in Germany and Europe

What is now known as winter time was standard time in Germany between 1950 and 1980. In the wake of the oil crisis in the 1970s, France decided in 1976 to introduce summer time for reasons of energy policy. Many member states of the European Community, the predecessor of today’s EU, followed, primarily for economic reasons.

In the Federal Republic of Germany, the time change was also discussed controversially due to the division into East and West. After the GDR had introduced summer time in 1979, the Federal Republic followed suit a year later. A divided time in the already divided country was to be avoided at all costs.

Within the EU, clocks have been changed according to uniform rules in all member states since 1996. On the last Sunday in March and October, the time is put forward by one hour or put back by one hour.

Are there health effects from the changeover to winter time?

The seasonal time change is harder for some people than others. This applies in particular to the time changeover to daylight saving time. If the day is suddenly “shorter” by an hour, the biorhythm of many people gets out of sync. For example, tiredness and depression are common in the first few days after the time change.

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How strongly people and animals react to the time change varies from person to person. While the changeover seems to pass without a trace for some, it can take several weeks for others.

What does the time change bring?

This question has been the subject of heated debate since the changeover was introduced. One of the main reasons that was originally used as an argument for the time change has long been refuted. Due to the more daylight in summer, less energy is consumed in these months, but this minimal saving effect is canceled out again in winter, since heating is used earlier in the morning hours.

The clock change to winter time is considered less of a problem, after all it brings with it a 25-hour Sunday, which many find particularly relaxing. Here, too, the biorhythm gets a little confused, but the “gift hour” is perceived more positively than negatively.

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