According to a survey carried out in 2019, the French would prefer summer time. However, this is not the opinion of Doctor Jimmy Mohamed. We will explain everything to you.

59% of French people prefer summer time

In March 2019, MEPs voted on a project aimed at abolishing the seasonal time change. No more changes between winter time and summer time! This directive was adopted in 2020, then transposed by the different Member States.

However, due to the health crisis linked to Covid-19, this text was removed from the agenda and was never re-discussed.

This is why, even in 2024, we are still making these changes. According to a survey, the majority of French people are in favor of ending the time change. And if they could choose, they would stay in summer time (59%). However, Doctor Jimmy Mohamed seems to say that “summer time is the worst.”

Time changes disrupt the brain

To enjoy aperitifs, sunlight, longer days… many people prefer summer time. However, according to Doctor Jimmy Mohamed, “the sun setting later and later disrupts the sleep hormone, melatonin ».

Result : children in the evening, quite late, do not want to or cannot sleep.

In addition, according to the expert, the brain does not appreciate these changes in rhythm. He prefers consistency and repetition. This is why the adaptation between winter time and summer time is sometimes so difficult.

“These time changes increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, depressive disorders and even road accidents” says the doctor.

To adapt, there are no miracle solutions, you need patience. Melatonin sold in pharmacies can help. You should take it thirty minutes before bedtime to try to get back into a good rhythm.

For our health, “the best would be to completely stop these changes by remaining in winter time” concludes Doctor Jimmy Mohamed.

Florine Cauchie

Health journalist

June 4, 2024, at 3:24 p.m.

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