Dark winter time: women in particular suffer when changing the time

Almost three quarters of Germans are in favor of abolishing the time change

Every six months it happens again: the time change is just around the corner. Many people suffer, especially women, as a recent survey shows. Almost three quarters of Germans are in favor of abolishing the time change.

The clocks will be reset next weekend

The coming weekend will do it again: summer time ends in the night from Saturday to Sunday and the clocks will be reset from three o'clock to two o'clock. From then on, the winter time applies again. Some people are happy about the extra hour of sleep, but changing the time is a burden on health. As shown in a current survey, the change is particularly troublesome for women. Almost three quarters of Germans are in favor of abolishing the time change.

Changing the time is a health burden

According to health experts, many people experience symptoms such as headaches, poor concentration, dizziness, tiredness and sleep disorders in the first few days after the time change.

The risk of a heart attack is also temporarily significantly increased after the time change. In addition, according to Danish scientists, it is the cause of significantly more depression.

And Finnish researchers found in a study that changing the time can cause a high risk of stroke.

Changeover is particularly difficult for women

DAK-Gesundheit now reports in a message that changing the time is particularly difficult for women: Compared to men, they have difficulty changing the time almost twice as often (16 vs. 28 percent).

This is the result of a current survey by the health insurance company. Accordingly, more than one in five (22 percent) had physical or psychological problems with it.

Almost three quarters of all respondents consider the time change to be superfluous and advocate abolishing it.

Relaxation and fresh air

DAK-Gesundheit explains what the most common complaints from the time change are among the respondents:

Three quarters of all those affected feel tired and tired - 70 percent of the men surveyed and 79 percent of the women. A total of 60 percent have difficulty falling asleep and more than a third find it difficult to concentrate.

Twelve percent said they had depressed moods. For this reason, every fifth working person has not come to work on time.

“The biorhythm does not change from one day to the next - many people need some time to get back in time. If you feel bad because of the time change, relaxation, fresh air and a little patience help, ”says DAK doctor Elisabeth Thomas.

Other experts also point out that lots of exercise in the fresh air and relaxation techniques such as autogenic training or progressive muscle relaxation can be effective against mini-jet lag.

Middle-aged people affected more

Age also plays a role in dealing with the time change: While adolescents and young adults between the ages of 14 and 29 rarely complain about problems caused by mini-jetlag (15 percent), the time change particularly affects 45- to 59-year-olds (29 Percent).

“Most people of this age have a job and children. As a result, your daily routine is less flexible than that of the younger and older ones, which makes it more difficult for you to change over, ”explained the DAK doctor.

Majority think time change is superfluous

Resistance to the clock change has been growing for years: the majority of those questioned (72 percent) consider it senseless and are in favor of abolition. One in two believes it is realistic that the time change will actually be abolished.

Daylight saving time was introduced in Germany in 1980 to make better use of daylight and save energy.

Daylight saving time lasts from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. From then on, the actual normal time applies again, which is colloquially called winter time. (ad)

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