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Ukraine is Switching to Summer Time

On Sunday, March 27th, the so-called “Daylight Saving Time” will be introduced on the territory of Ukraine at 3am Kyiv time. All clocks have to be adjusted forward one hour, so we will “lose” one hour.

Daylight Saving Time (or summer time as it is called in many countries) is a way of getting more light out of the day by advancing clocks by one hour during the summer. According to experts, it promotes a more rational distribution of electricity. In some countries, the date of transition is determined by taking into account regional specificities.

Doctors advise to start preparing for this time change about a week earlier. They recommend to gradually try going to bed and getting up in the mornings 20-40 minutes earlier your usual time. They also advise to watch your blood pressure more closely and take some preventive measures if needed.

DST’s occasional clock shifts present some challenges. They complicate timekeeping, and can disrupt meetings, travel, billing, recordkeeping, medical devices, sleep patterns, etc. So, if traveling, make sure you understand how and where DST’s clock shift works.

First, Daylight Saving Time (DST) was suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784, but it was not introduced until World War I. In 1916, several counties in Europe have adopted this idea. Modern DST was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, whose shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and made him aware of the value of after-hours daylight.

Nowadays, there are over 110 countries in the world, which have “summer” and “winter” time. At the same time, many countries have abandoned the time switch, such as China, Japan, India, Central Asian republics and Georgia.

If you are planning to travel around Ukraine, check out the schedule of passenger trains on the official website of Ukrainian railway http://uz.gov.ua. For more info on trains call: (044) 503-70-05.