Time change 2022:daylight saving time

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SUMMER TIME 2022. Spring is here and the transition to summertime is approaching. Only a few more days before changing the time on his watch. What is the date of the time change in March? Is this the last time? How to set your alarm clock? How to prepare for it? Advice.

Only one week left before switching to daylight saving time! The next time change takes place on the last weekend of March. .. so it’s in a few days! The goal? Gain an hour of natural sunshine to save artificial energy in the evening (electricity).  The change of time is subject to an official directive of the European Parliament. Every year in France, the time changes twice a yearin winter and summer. This measure, highly contested, was to end in France but it continues to apply. Around the world, around  60 countries apply seasonal schedule changes. Countries have abandoned it such as Tunisia, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine… Exact dates of the time change and instructions for preparing for it and adapting to it with Dr. Catherine Lamblin, the sleep physician. 

On what date do we switch to summertime in France?

Daylight saving time takes place on the last Sunday in March. This year, we will switch to summertime on the night of Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, March 27, 2022At 2 a.m., it will be 3 a.m. we, therefore, lose an hour of sleep. Daylight saving time always occurs on the last full weekend of March. What changes:

  • The sunsets later
  • We lose an hour of sleep
  • Daylight saving time is set to GMT+2

Do we go forward or back one hour?

This is always the big question! When we switch to summertime, we must advance the hands of our watch by one hour (a full revolution as in the image of the clock below). During the transition to winter time, we go back. Here’s a mnemonic to remember:

>> The transition to wintertime takes place in October RE,  so we go back one hour.

>> The transition to summertime takes place around April, so we start by one hour

Time change: going backward or forwards? 

When will we switch to wintertime in 2022?

The transition to wintertime takes place on the last Sunday of October. This year, we will switch to winter time on the night of Saturday, October 29 to Sunday, October 30, 2022. At 3 am, it will be 2 am. We’ll get an hour’s sleep. As every year, the transition to wintertime takes place on the last full weekend of October. What changes:

  • The sunsets earlier
  • We gain an hour of sleep
  • Daylight saving time is set to GMT+21

Since when does the time change exist in France?

The time change is a measure that was introduced in France in 1916,  after Germany and the United Kingdom, to save energy resources such as coal. It was abandoned from 1945 to 1975, then was put back in place in 1976, after the oil shock of 1973 in the face of soaring oil prices. It was a question of saving the electricity produced at the time mainly by fuel oil, thanks to an hour of natural sunshine more in the evenings. The decree of September 19, 1975, formalizes the change of time in metropolitan France. Overseas, the time change does not apply except in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Since 1998, the DST dates have been harmonized within the European Union. In all member countries, the change to winter time takes place on the last Sunday in October and the change to summertime on the last Sunday in March.

How not be tired during the time change?

It usually takes 3-4 days to fully absorb a time change.

The time change can disrupt biological rhythms. Hence the importance of anticipating it to better regulate oneself. ” Two to three days before the change in the summertime, for example, it is advisable to go to bed slightly earlier than usual  – around twenty minutes – to gradually shift and adapt to the news cycle. day/night,” advises Dr. Catherine Lamblin, sleep physician. Moreover, the day after the time change, ” it is better to listen to our body and go to bed when we feel tired, even if it is not always easy with professional or family constraints “, It usually takes 3-4 days to fully absorb a time change . Note that “evening” people will be more annoyed when switching to summertime and will have more difficulty getting up in the morning. On the other hand, the transition to summertime will happen without too much trouble for early goers. 

By Master James

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