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NO less than 35 percent of people living in the Balearic Islands admit that the change to summer time hours means they have greater difficulty in getting up in the morning.

Nevertheless, 58 percent interviewed said that the arrangement of putting the clocks forward one hour at the end of March was key to making the most of daylight hours and could therefore be described as an energy-saving practice. The survey, carried out by consultants for the Philips group confirmed that at a national level, four out of ten Spaniards said they had difficulty waking up in the mornings after the time change. Other complaints were difficulty in sleeping at all (29 percent) and suffering from tiredness (26 percent.) Research showed that it was women and the elderly who experienced more difficulty in this regard. Specialists from clinical research into sleep patterns from Barcelona University said that “the time change can alter the body clock which is regulated to sleep in the dark and wake in the light. It can produce distortions in people's sense of well-being and mood.”