Winter time change: which weekend in October 2022?

NEXT TIME CHANGE 2022 - The transition to winter time is approaching and takes place in the fall, at the end of October. On what date exactly? How to prepare for it to experience it well and avoid fatigue? Is this the last time change in France? By the way, why do we change the clock?

[Updated October 7, 2022 at 2:19 p.m.] The time change is fast approaching and takes place at the end of the month of october. The purpose of this time change is to gain one hour of natural sunshine to save artificial energy in the evening (electricity). Every year in France, we change the time twice a year : in winter and in summer. The time change is subject to an official directive from the European Parliament . The time change was introduced in France following the oil crisis of 1973-1974 and harmonized within the EU since 1998. Worldwide, a sixty countries apply seasonal schedule changes . Of the countries have abandoned it such as Tunisia, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Iceland, Armenia... This highly contested measure was to end in France but it still continues to apply. The 2022 time change is therefore not the last. Dates time change information and instructions for correct prepare for it and adapt with Dr. Catherine Lamblin, sleep physician.

What is the date of winter time in October 2022?

The change to winter time takes place on the last Sunday of October. This year, we will switch to winter time on the night of Saturday October 29 to Sunday October 30, 2022 . At 3am, it will be 2am. We'll get an hour's sleep. As every year, the transition to winter time takes place the last full weekend of October . What changes:

  • The sun sets earlier
  • We gain an hour of sleep
  • Daylight saving time is set to GMT+21
  Date of change of'heure d'hiver en France en 2022
Date of the winter time change in France in 2022

Mnemonic device: how do you know if you're going forward or back an hour?

That's always the big question! When switching to summer time, you must advance the hands of our watch by one hour (one full turn as in the clock image below). During the transition to winter time, we go backwards. Here's a mnemonic to remember:

>> The transition to winter time takes place in October RE,  on RE therefore an hour.

>> The transition to summer time takes place around the month of OF ril, on OF So let's go for an hour

  Change of'heure : on recule ou on avance ?
Time change: going backwards or forwards?

How to prepare and not be tired during the winter time change?

It usually takes 3-4 days to fully absorb a time change.

The time change can disrupt biological rhythms. Hence the importance of anticipating it in order to better regulate oneself. ' Two to three days before summer time change for example, it is advisable to go to bed slightly earlier than usual -about twenty minutes- in order to gradually shift and adapt to the new day/night cycle “, advises Dr. Catherine Lamblin, sleep doctor. Moreover, the day after the time change, “ It would be better listen to our body and lie down when we feel tired , even if it is not always easy with professional or family constraints “, continues our interlocutor. It usually takes 3-4 days to fully absorb a time change . Note that 'evening' people will be more annoyed when switching to summer time and will have more difficulty getting up in the morning. On the other hand, the transition to summer time will go without too much trouble for early risers.

How to prepare child and baby for winter time change?

Children are particularly sensitive to changes in sleep patterns. To help him adapt smoothly, try to 'to anticipate the time change gradually shifting the key moments of the day such as meals, nap time, bath time, bedtime...

For winter time: we delay meals and bedtime by a quarter of an hour 4 days before the transition to winter time. We do not hesitate to use a dawn simulator to facilitate awakenings.

For daylight saving time: we advance meals and bedtime by a quarter of an hour 4 days before the transition to summer time. For example, the first day, we eat at 12:30 p.m., the second day at 12:15 p.m., the third day at 12 p.m. and the fourth day at 11:45 a.m. We close its shutters well so that the child is not disturbed by the light of day.

Since when does the time change exist in France?

The time change is a measure that was introduced for the first time in France in 1916, after Germany and the United Kingdom, with the aim of saving energy resources such as coal. It was abandoned from 1945 to 1975, then was put back in place in 1976, after the oil shock of 1973 in the face of soaring oil prices. It was a question of saving the electricity produced at the time mainly by fuel oil, thanks to an hour of natural sunshine more in the evenings. In 1975, President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing decided that watches would be put forward one hour on Greenwich Mean Time in winter and two hours in summer in order to reduce the use of electricity for lighting. . the decree of September 19, 1975 formalizes the time change in mainland France. Overseas, the time change does not apply except in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon. Since 1998 , them DST dates have been harmonized within the European Union . In all member countries, the change to winter time takes place on the last Sunday in October and the change to summer time on the last Sunday in March.

When will daylight savings time changes occur in 2023?

In 2023, the transition to summer time will take place on the night of Saturday March 25 to Sunday March 26, at 2 a.m. The transition to winter time will take place on the night of Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 October. at 3am.

When will we switch to summer time in France?

Daylight saving time occurs on the last Sunday in March. What changes:

  • The sun sets later
  • We lose an hour of sleep
  • Daylight saving time is set to GMT+2
2022 Sunday March 27 Sunday October 30
2023 Sunday March 26 Sunday October 29
2024 Sunday March 31 Sunday October 27
2025 Sunday March 30 Sunday October 26

When will be the last time change in France?

The change of time has become common to the majority of Member States of the European Union since 1998 but the system is increasingly criticized. At the request of the European Parliament, the European Commission organized during the summer 2018, an online consultation . From 4.6 million Europeans who participated, 84% were against the time change . On September 12, 2018, the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, declared that he wanted the end of the seasonal time change from 2019. One March 2019 , MEPs voted in favor of abolishing the time change as early as 2019. A few weeks later, they reconsidered their position and had finally decided to postpone this measure so that the Member States of the European Union can have time to decide whether they wish to use summer or winter time, in particular according to their time zones. However, with the crisis of Covid-19 , the negotiations between the Parliament and the European Council could not be done and ' the end of the time change is not relevant on the agenda of the European Council ', Greens EU MEP Karima Delli told the Huff Post . The text at the end of the time change is no longer on the agenda and should not be discussed in the near future.

Thanks to Dr. Catherine Lamblin, Sleep Physician.