EU ends time change -- but how early do we want to get up?

What are the pros and cons of the summer and winter time?

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
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Why this story matters:

Clock changing and the preference of summer and winter time is an issue that everyone has its own opinion on.

One of the reasons is that even experts cannot come to the one statement that would be better for everyone.

Some people say they do not want to give up long Sunday evenings, some hate waking up in the dark. Some of them say that winter time is more natural, some of them contest the idea, saying that the "natural time" does not exist.

At this stage, the only thing we can do is to accept that there will always be a part of people that will be more satisfied with a change than the other one.

Details from the story:

  • The European Union has declared that continent wide daylight savings time change would be stopped, and that member countries would be asked to choose either summer or winter time themselves.
  • The European Biological Rhythm Society says that the winter time is "the best option for public health".
  • The sun rises sooner in Slovakia than in Spain, but we are in the same time zone. In real life, this means that Slovaks start working earlier than the Spanish.
  • School usually starts around 8 am in Slovakia. If we choose summer time, pupils and students would have to wake up in the dark for a few month.
  • If we keep summer time, we should start to think about moving the beginning of the school to the later hour.
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