Spain’s Autumn Time Change 2023

Spain Prepares For Autumn Time Change

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Is your body clock ready for a change? As we bid farewell to summer and welcome autumn, it’s crucial to be prepared for the biannual time change in Spain.

This year, the autumn time change will occur in the early hours of Sunday, October 29. Specifically, the clock will be set back from 3:00 am to 2:00 am, granting us an extra hour of sleep from Saturday to Sunday, October 29, writes OK Diario.

The Debate Continues

Daylight saving time (DST) was first introduced in 1918, after which it was then abolished and re-introduced and several times. In 1996, daylight saving time was harmonised throughout the European Union, which moved the end of DST to the last Sunday in October.

While there’s growing consensus that the time change should be simplified, Spain will continue this practice until 2026, unless there’s a change of policy. For the moment we will do so until 2026, until there is no change of mind, according to the official line.

More Than Just Time

The time change isn’t merely about adjusting clocks; it has a direct impact on our body and mind. This is something to bear in mind in order to get more rest and to anticipate these changes that tend to have a direct impact on one’s body and mind, say health advisors.

The European Dilemma

Uncertainty looms over the future of time changes in Europe. Many countries advocate for a single annual change, rather than the current spring and autumn adjustments. It is still unknown until when these time changes will have to be made because various countries in Europe want there to be only one change, and not two, summer and winter, which are really in autumn and spring, explains the report.

The Rationale And Criticism

Originally intended to save energy by maximising daylight, the time change is now under scrutiny. Critics argue that the energy savings are negligible and question the need for biannual changes. However, it only wants to make one change and not two, because over time, it seems that these savings are not as important as it is believed.

Preparing For The Change

Knowing the date in advance allows us to prepare our bodies for the shift. Especially for young children and older people, it takes time to adapt. Continuing with the same habits and schedules will help the mind to adapt more easily to all of this, and the change will hardly be noticed, advise the health experts.

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Written by

John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Anne

      03 September 2023 • 14:20

      It’s easy. I just put all the clocks on the new hour before going to bed. The only ones that get affected by the change are the dogs!

    • Marquitos

      05 September 2023 • 15:14

      Yes daylight saving was introduced by Real Decreto in 1918 coming into force in 1919 and lasted until 1940 when Franco removed it. Just to contradict the nonsense you read on internet about Franco adopting Hitler’s time the Fuhrer reintroduced daylight saving that same year after it had been removed in 1923. Spain reintroduced it permanently in 1974.

    • Janice wooldridge

      05 September 2023 • 15:58

      All my life the time change has up my body clock it takes me at least a month for it to get used to it .I hate it

    • Algy Dzerefos

      05 September 2023 • 19:49

      Stay on Winter time, I prefer sunrise at an earlier hour. I hate the change from winter to summer, it’s a waste of time excuse the pun

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