Every year the same questions come up, do we lose or do we gain an hour of sleep? And by the way, why do we change the time? Is this the last time? Revisions.
Why do we change the time?
They are rather unpopular and yet these time changes have been happening twice a year for over forty years. Once in the fall to stick to the sunny winter hours and once in the spring to take advantage of the longer days. The initiative came from Valéry Giscard d’Estain, then President of the Republic in 1976. The objective was simple: to allow energy savings and ultimately savings.
What is the date of the time change in winter 2020?
This year, we will switch to standard time on Sunday October 25. Don’t forget to wind your manual clocks.
Winter time change: should we go forward or back one hour?
This is the eternal question. Here’s a little technical memo that’s easy to remember: when you gain an hour of sunshine, you lose an hour of sleep and vice versa. Concretely, on the night of Saturday October 24 to Sunday October 25, at 3 o’clock precisely, we will gain an hour of sleep and lose an hour of sunshine. We must therefore advance our clocks by one hour.
Is the end of the time change this fall?
These changes could be called into question. Indeed, the European Commission organized an online consultation during the summer of 2018. An unequivocal answer: 84% of the 4.6 million Europeans who participated were against the time change. On March 26, 2019, MEPs approved its abolition. It remains to transpose this directive in France. The year 2021 is envisaged to mark this abandonment but it remains to choose which time zone to choose. We could therefore stay all year round in winter time.