Daylight Saving Time:Do you Know Why We Move The Clock Tonight?

Tonight we move the hand one hour forward. We return to wintertime on October 30th.

On the night of March 27 at 2 o’clock, we move the clock forward one hour so the time at 2 o’clock is counted as 3 o’clock. 

It is useful information that at the beginning of summertime, the electricity billing tariff also changes. HEP reminds us that from March 27, electricity will be charged according to the higher tariff from 8 am to 10 pm, and according to the lower tariff from 10 pm to 8 am. 

We return to wintertime on October 30th. 

Why is there daylight saving time? 

Daylight saving time is used to reduce energy consumption and make better use of sunlight. It was first used in 1908 in Canada. 

Shortly afterward, Germany began using daylight saving time to reduce the use of artificial light and coal consumption during the First World War. Although we move the clock for only a hundred years, a similar idea existed in the ancient world when the hands of the clock moved depending on the Sun and changed the scales of the Roman water clock depending on the month of the year, writes the portal Science.

Daylight saving time is used today in more than 70 countries around the world, mostly in those in the temperate zone. The start and end times of summertime vary from country to country. Thus, in the USA it starts on the second Sunday in March and lasts until the first Sunday in November, while in Croatia it lasts from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.

The positive side of summertime is the reduction of electricity expenditures, the improvement of the general health of the population because it enables recreation in nature after work, as well as the reduction of the crime rate and the number of traffic accidents. 

The bad news is that some research, however, suggests that the aforementioned reduction in the number of accidents is eventually reimbursed by more victims in the days after the clock has shifted due to drivers adjusting to new times. 

Daylight saving time is one of the first indicators that spring is finally near, and although we are all looking forward to longer days, moving our hands can have negative effects on our health, as the first few days, our circadian rhythm finds it very difficult to tolerate this change.

People wake up earlier during the summer and sleep an average of 20 minutes less. Lack of sleep causes a feeling of tiredness and drowsiness days later, and the number of traffic accidents increases by 6 percent during the first week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the office that spends time researching. This is certainly one of the main disadvantages of daylight saving time, as well as the fact that some people’s biological clock never gets used to summertime.

How to make it easier to deal with moving the clock:

  • Prepare a few days earlier – give your body time to get used to it by going to bed 15 minutes earlier in three or four days
  • Afternoon sleep – if you get tired, sleep for about 20 minutes, which is enough for your body to recover
  • Exercise regularly – Research shows that people who exercise regularly sleep better
  • Make eight hours of sleep a priority – most of us suffer from a lack of knowledge, which means that summertime only makes the situation worse. By sleeping eight hours every day you give your body enough energy no matter where the hands of the clock show.