Everybody is looking forward to the nice weather in summer – but who likes changing clocks in spring for daylight savings time? According to statista.com about three thirds of the Germans could do without this. Not only is this very unpopular, but the stress of loosing one hour in spring has real and measurable consequences:
15% more employees reporting in ill during the first three days after changing to summer time, and during the first week up to 30 per cent more accidents are reported for all over Europe – presumably due to lack of sleep, which is just as dangerous as drunken driving. Maybe this year it might have been not as bad as usual as the date for changing to daylight savings time coincided with Easter Sunday this year. And most of the families with children will be on holidays anyway.
Problems caused by the change to daylight savings time:
The statistics found at the above link summarize the following problems: 29% of the Germans have had at least once problems with changing time, such as: feeling tired, having sleeping problems, problems in concentrating, feeling irritable, was late for work, felt depressed. But not only humans, cows, too, have problems causing them to give 10% less milk.
The federal Railway Company Deutsche Bahn operates 120.000 clocks – but only 6.000 of them change automatically! And what is more, about a quarter of all the Germans change the clock the wrong way: It’s moving the hands one hour ahead in spring and one hour back in autumn. In 2016 daylight savings time will end on October 30 in Germany.
Please note that while the countries in Europe have agreed on the last sunday in March and October for the change of time, North American countries change on the second sunday of March and the first sunday of October. On the southern hemisphere there are also some countries (or parts thereof) that change but as they are quite scattered there is very little agreement on the date. So doing business with partners there needs some extra care with regards to timing.