One hour less sleep this weekend: daylight saving time starts from Saturday to Sunday

One hour less sleep this weekend: daylight saving time starts from Saturday to Sunday
One hour less sleep this weekend: daylight saving time starts from Saturday to Sunday
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On the night of Saturday March 30 to Sunday March 31 we will switch to summer time. At 2 a.m. the clock is turned forward one hour. So we lose an hour of sleep that night, but in return we get an hour more light in the evening.

Source: BELGA

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Summer and winter time have been applied in Belgium since 1977. At the time, this was mainly for energy-saving reasons: thanks to summer time, people can benefit from daylight for longer in the evening, so no electric light is needed. Although many studies have already rejected this reasoning, we still use summer and winter time.

Strictly speaking, summer time was already introduced in our country – except for the Westhoek – in 1916: the German Empire then set the clocks forward one hour in its own country and in all occupied areas in Europe for the duration of the summer. Energy saving was also the reason then. Summer time was also applied in our region in 1917 and 1918.

Opponents of summer time point to the disruption of biorhythms. Moreover, it also leads to confusion in many countries, because not every country switches at the same time, making it a tangle. According to Vias institute, more accidents occur on Flemish roads in the first week after the switch to summer time.

In 2018, the European Commission suggested abolishing the difference between summer and winter hours. Member States failed to agree on which hour to choose. Ultimately it was decided that each country could choose which “clock” they would abolish. In our country, the federal government has yet to make a decision on this.

The article is in Dutch

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