Sleep an hour longer: In Germany, summer time ends on Sunday morning. Exactly at 3 a.m. on October 25th, the clocks will be set back by one hour to 2 a.m. Then normal time applies until the end of March, often also called winter time. On March 28, 2021, the hands will be turned back one hour.
The time change should actually be abolished next year, at least the European Parliament decided in 2019. That this will happen is more than questionable – a quick end to the half-yearly time change at European level is currently not in sight, because there is not a sufficient majority among the 27 member states which time should apply in future
A patchwork of different time zones among neighboring countries should be avoided. A Europe-wide impact assessment is currently lacking, according to the German government recently.
The time change was introduced in 1980. At that time, the goal was to be able to make better use of the daylight.
With permanent summer time, it would get light very late in winter in the west of the continent. With constant standard time, the sun would rise very early in the east in summer.
Children struggle with new bed times
According to a survey by the Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH), families in particular suffer when the clocks are changed again at the weekend. Children would have to get used to new bed times.
In a Forsa survey last year, more than half of those questioned said that this caused their offspring to have problems falling asleep and to be more irritable or tired than usual.
The technical impulse for the time change comes from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt in Braunschweig again this Sunday. The authority is responsible for the dissemination of the legal time in Germany. Experts from the institute ensure that radio-controlled clocks, station clocks and many industrial clocks are supplied with the signal via a long-wave transmitter called DCF77 in Mainflingen near Frankfurt / Main.