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Adjust the hours of daylight to working hours to achieve greater energy efficiency to start the working hours of the day and finish it until it is done at night, is the goal pursued by the time change, with which we gain an hour in autumn - when we back watch the last Sunday in October-by putting in place what is known as 'winter timetable' and the we lose in spring - to advance the clock the last Sunday of March - to adopt 'summer time'. In the countries of the European Union, the time change is applied since 1974, when the oil crisis advised that began to take measures to save energy. In 2001 the EU adopted a directive - based on a study that revealed that the time change had advantages beyond the economic savings that was supposed to lower energy expenditure, and also positively impact in other aspects such as transport, working conditions, lifestyle, health or leisure-unifying character permanent dates in which members must make the time change.

Advice on adapting to the change of time

The time change twice a year entails an alteration of the biological rhythm that can cause disorders of sleep, especially in children and the elderly, the most vulnerable to changes in routine. People suffering from neurological like migraine headaches or epilepsyproblems, may suffer a transient worsening of symptoms, and they usually find it difficult to reconcile or keep the dream cost them more to get used to the change.
Experts say, however, that the effects on the body in the case of healthy people are minimal - may feel more tired than usual, somewhat disoriented or lack of concentration - and that, in a few days - between three and five-, the sleep-wake cycle usually have been compensated. However, they recommend a series of tips to better adapt to the change of time and minimize possible discomfort and inconvenience:
  • Modify the schedule of meals gradually to adapt gradually to the new.
  • Adjust also the bed-time (start four days prior to the change of time, with 15 minutes each day).
  • No NAP until the Agency Gets a new sleep schedule.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Exercise in moderation.
  • Do not take medicines for sleep, or drink alcohol, and limit their intake of caffeine.

Advantages of the change of time

The main advantages of the change of time are:

  • Energy saving. To adapt the activity to the hours of natural light is used less artificial lighting, and in the case of Spain for example, estimated that electricity consumption to this heading may decrease to 5%.
  • Reduced environmental pollution. A reduction in energy consumption also has a positive impact on the environment because it pollutes less.
  • Advantages for business sectors as trade, hospitality, and all those related to tourism and leisure in general because people tend to be more predisposed to leave and to consume when there is light.
  • Sport and recreation in the open air. More hours of light mean also more time to enjoy the activities that take place outdoors, as sports, go to the park with the kids, or go hiking to enjoy nature.
  • Less stress and more vitamin D. More hours of light decreases the levels of stress and allows you to take advantage of the beneficial effects of the exposure to solar, needed to produce vitamin D, key a micro-nutrient which plays a role in calcium absorption.
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