How People Suffer

Many people are ashamed to speak openly about physical complaints due to Daylight Saving Time. We believe that they don't have to - and they shouldn't.

 

We offer a mouthpiece for all those affected to describe their suffering so that they can finally be heard.

Maria P.

“Every summer, I felt throughout the day without drive and suffered from gastrointestinal complaints, headaches, mood swings and pronounced tiredness.
Because of my troubles, my social environment was in danger of breaking up. I was often accused of being lazy and had to listen to tips such as: "Then just go to bed earlier." However, even with going to bed deliberately early and switching off all electronic devices it was impossible to fall asleep earlier than normal for me (1 a.m.). So I decided to start my work at 10 a.m., especially during Daylight saving Time. A job change was necessary for this.
Since then I have been feeling healthy and motivated and I am hardly susceptible to infections. I became aware that I am neither lazy nor undisciplined, but that I belong to the late chronotypes and now accept myself as an owl.

Unfortunately, not everyone, like me, can choose to start work later or is ready to change jobs. Therefore, I consider the introduction of permanent Daylight Saving Time, which some politicians are considering, to be hazardous to health and problematic. ”

From a truck driver

"Since I am a professional driver and only have had disadvantages since the so-called Daylight Saving Time, I have been saying for a long time: No Daylight Saving Time. Have you ever considered who that was good for? Forgive me, but it did only something for the ones "responsible" for introducing that so that they can sit longer in their garden. Normal workers have only disadvantages. I can climb into my bunk an hour later every evening because it is too warm outside and no one in these temperatures can sleep in the truck. But I still have to be on time in the morning whether I am fit or not. Then many wonder why there are so many accidents. Sleeping disorders are normal for us truck drivers. But who cares. So, abolish Daylight Saving Time immediately !!!! "

Mother of school children

"Zombies at the breakfast table - a modern form of torture

Dear Madam, dear Sir,
the time has come again: the summer holidays are over and we are sitting together again at the breakfast table, pale, deep shadows around our eyes, no one speaks a word, torn out of deep sleep. Zombies at the breakfast table.
My children barely touch the food, knocked out, the stomach is not ready to eat before 6:00 am CET.
Then they sleepwalk on their way to school, and one can be happy every day when they and you, too, arrive home safely. Because not only  they are deprived of sleep, but also the rest of the population who is active on the streets.

And why all this ???
Yes, thanks to a regulation that says that school starts at 7:00 a.m.CET (= 8:00 a.m.CEST) and we all have to start working one hour earlier. This regulation is called: Daylight Saving  Time regulation.
If they had this decree back in the 80s [...] "
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Mother of schoolchildren - part II

"Zombies at the breakfast table sequel / high wire act on tiptoe

Dear Sir or Madam,
the 3rd week of school and for me the 4th week of work are over. My family, the zombies at the breakfast table early in the morning before 6:00 a.m., creeps into bloodless vampires with even more shadows around their eyes. We were actually all relaxed and energetic after the summer vacation. Full of drive, ideas and positive energy. Unfortunately, a spectacle of short duration:
Several weeks of sleep deprivation due to the still existing Daylight Saving Time regulation leaves its traces more and more every day. One of my sons has already fallen by the wayside. [...] "
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Retired primary school teacher

"Dear Sir or Madam,
Since the early 1990s, the voices of those who criticize the Daylight Saving Time change in Germany since 1980 have been increasing.
I myself - retired primary school teacher, born in 1938 - have not got used to it until today. Even when I am retired, I find it difficult to get up an hour earlier because of medical appointments at 8 a.m. during Daylight Saving Time. My internal clock doesn't deal well with it throughout the entirety of the time. I switch off the lights around 10.30 p.m. in the winter half-year, but I do not get tired before 11.30 p.m. in the summer half-year.
As a volunteer at primary schools, I strongly disapprove of the fact that even primary school children and teachers are ruthlessly imposed on this time change. [...] "
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Manuel N.

"I am a 39 old man. I am married. And I would like something that I thought was a given: I want to live to see my daughter grow up; I want to grow old with the love of my life, my wife. I have always felt bad with summer time, especially because I was always forced to wake up very early: firstly, to go to school, then to go to college, and now to go to work. I always heard from everyone around me that one gets used to it. Whenever I pointed out that I felt tired, my colleagues always made jokes about me being too lazy for mornings. And so, I shily smiled in acceptance, and shyly kept to myself the thought that I felt bad. This has been the status through all my life. Last year, while discussing with my wife, I felt as if I was about to faint. Mind you, I have never fainted in my life. What happened in reality, so I was told later on by my wife, was that I experienced a temporary memory loss. [...]" Click here for the full text.

 
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