Good news, British Summer Time is nearly here, which means every morning until October we get an extra hour of sunlight in the morning.
So, why do we change the clocks twice a year, anyway?
BST – also known as Daylight Saving Time – was first proposed in Britain by William Willet, a keen horse-rider. Willet would take long rides through the woods, making the most of the early morning sun while everyone else was still asleep.
He became increasingly incensed at what he saw as a waste of daylight, so in 1907 published a pamphlet calling for clocks to be changed so people could make the most of it.
The Government eventually adopted Willett’s idea in 1916 – a year after his death – and we’ve been changing the clocks ever since.
What are the benefits of changing the clocks?
There are a number of claimed health benefits of the extra hour of sunlight – notably relief from seasonal affected depression.
It’s also claimed that it saves energy and reduces traffic accidents and crime. That being said, a 2012 University of Alabama study found the risk of a heart attack surges by 10 per cent on the Monday and Tuesday after moving the clocks forward!!
So how do we remember when the clocks change?
The handy way that people remember is “Spring forward, fall backward.” And yes, we know it’s called autumn in this country – but “spring forwards, autumn backwards” doesn’t make any sense.
So when do we put my clocks forward?
British Summer Time 2016 begins this Sunday – March 27th.
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