Hamburg - Every fourth German citizen struggles with the consequences of the time change. This was the result of representative population survey carried out by the opinion research institute Forsa on behalf of. According to this, 70 percent of Germans were in favor of abolishing summer time.
According to the survey, women in particular suffer from the time change: Almost every third woman (30 percent) stated that they struggled with health problems after the time change . Only 18 percent of the men said that. Most of those affected feel exhausted and tired, have difficulty falling asleep or have difficulty sleeping (79 and 59 percent).
More than one in three of them has concentration problems after the time change (36 percent), and one in ten even has depressive moods. "The missing hour messes up the hormonal balance," explained Waltraud Pfarrer, doctor at DAK-Gesundheit. The result: The biorhythm is only getting used to the change slowly.
The change to summer time takes place from March 30th to March 31st. The night from Saturday to Sunday is shortened by an hour: the clocks are put forward at 2 a.m. In Germany, summer time was introduced in 1980 to make better use of daylight and thus to save energy. Summer time lasts until the last Sunday in October. From then on, the actual normal time applies again, which is colloquially known as winter time.