Hooray one hour longer sleep... yet a big impact on all living things


And yes... Saturday it's time again, we're going into winter time.
There is still a transition from summer to winning, although few still see the usefulness of it.
And although it is generally agreed that it is best to abolish it, we have not yet become much wiser.
One wants the other now, one wants summer hour the other winter hour.
And it should be a bit unanimous in a Europe.

Summer hour was first introduced in 1977.
The idea was to make the time with the most sunlight more coincide with the rhythm of life of man, especially for economic reasons.
Time and research have long shown that that reason is outdated.
And yet it turns out that it is not so easy to move away from the pattern.

Earlier in history, changes were also made, from 1914 to 1918, the German occupiers used their time.
During the winter, one hour ahead of the World Time, and two hours during the summer.
In other words, it was the arrangement as we know it today.
Here too, purely economic reasons were at the root of that decision.
Between the end of the first war and the beginning of the second war, the Belgian government switched to a more moderate system.
During the summer we started walking 1 hour ahead and during the winter we were flush with the Greenwich time.
However, the Second World War brought another change to that.
Then, until 1946, the double daylight saving time system was introduced again.
From 1946 to 1977 everything was abolished again, and from 1977 it was again used the double daylight saving time.
So in fact, it is not a problem today and many changes have already been made.

Actually, I personally think that one should look at the solution thatit is closest to the natural corridor.
That would mean that we had thewinterhourshould persist.
Economically, the summer hour would be more attractive, but no longer purely for energy.
It is rather believed that tourism and catering industry run better on long days.
Sometimes I wonder would it not be possible to change half an hour, but then it would probably fight with other continents.

All in all, these adaptations have an impact on both large and small and on animals.

First of all, the winter hour is the best time for us.
With the winter hour we are still 1 hour ahead of the Greenwich time, and in summer it is 2 hours.
That actually makes us use of the hour that is natural in Eastern Europe.

Children, the elderly and animals would function best in a time zone closest to the natural regime.
Of course, people can adapt and we don't know any better.
Only the changes can seriously upset children, the elderly and animals for a considerable period of time, so they will not get settled in one weekend.
Also people who work on weekends and especially when they do that at night.
Remember also the cows that need to be milked on time.
Animals that have a fixed eating and drinking pattern, i.e. if they depend on humans for their food, such as pets.

Tips to get through it more smoothly.
The same tips are also used for people who suffer from jet lag.

  1. Start on time:
    Shift your eating and sleep times by fifteen minutes a day.
    Then it will not come so bruuks
  2. Do not change eating sleep patterns by snacks or naps
    They only make the process even slower.
  3. On the day of change especially Sunday you have to be resolute.
    Try to run from the day of change without intermediate solutions.
    This way, you can adjust the fastest, because working rhythm, appointments etc. are adapted to the new hour from Monday without delay.

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