Clocks go back this weekend

Clocks will be going back all over the EU in the early hours of Sunday the 27th of October. This will mean a whole 60 minutes more in bed.

Three in the morning will go back to two, giving people the perfect start to a restful Sunday. This practice is known as DST -daylight saving time- and will essentially transfer an hour of evening daylight to the morning. The contrary happens between spring and autumn, when there is an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

DST has been the subject of much debate this year and in march the European Parliament announced its support to abolish the system in 2021. However, the majority of countries haven’t been able to come to a decision internally.

Many investigations have tried predicting the preferable schedule. The Spanish Society of Sleep backs the winter timetable, explaining that it allows a better relation between sunlight and the population’s activity. They argue that light in the morning is more beneficial.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK disagrees and complains that the clock moving back means that traffic rush hours in the afternoon are in darkness. More accidents happen in the afternoon peak than in the morning peak and the time change may increase the numbers. With 80% of Europeans against DST, it is probable that the practice will be revisited in future discussions in an attempt to decipher the best routine for people’s lifestyle and well being.

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