Hamburg (dpa) - More and more people suffer after the time change to health or mental health problems. This is at least the result of a representative survey of DAK health.

Accordingly, almost every third German (29 percent) complaints when switching to winter time, which means a peak of recent years, said the health insurance. More than three-quarters of respondents believe that the time change is redundant and should be abolished. Next Sunday (27th October) the clocks will be reset from three to two o'clock at night. From then on the winter or normal time will apply again in all European countries.

More than three-quarters of respondents who have had problems with the time change feel tired and tired (77 percent). According to the survey, sleep problems and sleep disorders rank second with 65 percent, with women suffering the most with 70 percent. 41 percent can concentrate less well, almost a third feels irritated. Every eighth suffers from depressive moods. Here, men are affected with 14 percent more often than women (10 percent). At 18 percent, almost one in five workers came to work late after the time change.

"Mental problems that occur after the time change are not unusual," says psychologist Franziska Kath Kath. One can compare it with a small jet lag: The internal clock gets a little confused. "The best medicine is also the simplest: rest and a few days patience. Often it helps to avoid stressful appointments in the week after the shoot and to tackle things a bit more leisurely, "says the expert.

In an EU-wide survey, 84 percent of participants said they had put an end to the changeover over the past year. The European Parliament then voted in March for the abolition of the time change until 2021. So far, however, it is unclear how this should be implemented in practice. So each member country should give a preference, whether permanently the summer or the winter time should apply. With 67 percent, the majority of Germans want a new Europe-wide uniform time regulation.

In the Federal Republic of Germany, the changeover to summer time was introduced in 1980 as a reaction to the oil crisis two years earlier. The aim of this measure was to save energy because it stays longer in the evening. Since 1996, summer time is EU-wide and begins on the last Sunday in March. On the last Sunday in October, the clocks are then turned back to the winter time - ie the normal time - in all states of the European Union.

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