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Daylight Savings Change

Good news! It’s time to wind back your clocks, pals! Officially, the clocks go back at 2 am. Giving people an extra hour in bed on Saturday night! This will take place on Sunday 27th October 2019 and will end on Sunday 31st March 2020. We all love an extra hour of sleep, but have you ever wondered what’s the point of daylight saving?

The idea of using time to save energy goes back more than 200 years, though it was not until the First World War that it was taken seriously. The change was made to save energy and for people to make use of natural light rather than electricity.

In the UK, the idea of daylight saving was introduced during World War One. They had to save coal and suggested daylight saving to be a better way of doing that. On the other hand, Germany had already introduced a similar plan on 17th May 1916. The clocks moved forward one hour on Sunday 21st May.

Who was behind this clever idea? The tradition of changing clocks is more than 100 years old. In the UK, it was impelled by a campaign that began in 1907 by builder William Willett. He wanted to stop people from wasting valuable daylight hours in the summer months and to save fuel during the war.

Daylight saving helps us to make better use of the light. In Autumn, we are shifting an hour of daylight from evening to morning. Plus, it is possibly more useful to more people. Daylight saving time is the period between Spring and Autumn. We are granted an extra hour of daylight in the evening.

The good thing about daylight is that you have the time to go for a run, why? Exposure to morning sunlight helps coordinate your internal body clock and adapt it to the new change. Grab your torch and start going for a run or a brisk walk. The extra tiredness will help you sleep better the next night.

Let’s all welcome six months of daylight saving!

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