The Portuguese do not want to set the clocks twice a year, confirms a survey conducted by Aximage, released this Friday by the newspaper Correio da Manhã. According to the study, 60.7% of respondents said they wanted to keep the same time.
The survey, which had 601 respondents and has a margin of error of 4%, did not question however what time would be preferentially maintained, whether the summer or the winter.
The Metropolitan Area of Porto and the North Region are the zones of the country where more people want the end of the hour change, with 68% of the respondents wanting the end of the alternation between the two schedules. According to the survey, there are more men (38.6%) than women (27.7%) to defend the current situation.
In a survey sponsored by the European Commission, the largest and most participated ever made by that institution, 85% of Portuguese participants said they wanted to end the change of time.
According to this survey released in July and August, among those who prefer the same time the whole year, 79% expressed a preference for keeping daylight saving time.
The change of the clock hands brings more risks than benefits due to the sudden demand of change of the "internal time" of the people, putting in question the good mood, defends Miguel Meira Cruz, president of the Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine.
"Although the impact is clearly greater in the retreat that we demand in the middle of March, any direction in which a sudden change in a slow-fitting clock like the one in the brain takes place has significant and potentially serious damage," he warns.
The expert says that an additional hour of sleep with the change of time in winter can in theory promote the well-being of those who are deprived of this need, and the impact of this benefit is greater on people who lie down later and tendentially they get up later.
"Sleep deprived morning sleepers may suffer more in the days following the shift to winter time," given that "in addition to less flexibility in responding to changes, the constraints imposed by the new schedule affect mood," explains the president of Portuguese Association of Chronobiology and Sleep Medicine.