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Why wintertime?

February 12, 2024

At the end of October it is here again, we will shift the clock an hour backwards. Will it be the last time we adjust our watch? BioClock hopes so because shifting the clock is not good for our health. Especially changing towards summertime, or daylight savings time because wintertime (or standard time) is better for our health. In the Netherlands, the choice of words is even worse as it is called summertime which has a positive connotation to it. This causes a bias of the people that need to choose, but do not understand the full perspective.

Tv-program ATLAS asked BioClock professor Roelof Hut (University of Groningen) to explain why wintertime is better. You can watch it here (in Dutch): NTR Atlas.

Moreover, you may read our opinion paper in the national newspaper here (in Dutch).

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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The BioClock Consortium is funded by the NWA-ORC programme of the Dutch Research Council (NWO; project number 1292.19.077).