Everything you need to know about the clocks going back

  • When do I change my clock?Clocks Go Back

The UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time at 2am on Sunday, October 29.

That means all clocks are turned back to 1am at that time.

Good news if you’re in a late night bar and fancy “one more for the road”.

But don’t forget to adjust your alarm clock – or you could find yourself having an earlier than expected breakfast.

  • How do I remember which direction to change the clocks?

Just remember the phrase “spring forward, fall back”.

The clocks always go forward an hour on the last weekend in March in spring, and go back on the final weekend of October in autumn.

  • Why do we change the clocks?

The moving of the clocks was first introduced during World War One by Germany and Austria, and then by the allies, to save on coal usage.

It was invented by George Vincent Hudson, a New Zealand entomologist in 1895, while British businessman William Willett is also credited with the idea as a way of getting up earlier and so having more daylight hours after work.

While the UK has always had daylight savings time since it was first introduced, it came into widespread use across the world during the 1970s because of the energy crisis.

  • Does changing the time still have any benefits?

Arguments still rage over the economic or health benefits it brings.

Those in favour say it saves energy, reduces traffic accidents and crime, and is good for businesses too.

Those against the change say it’s not clear if any energy savings are made, while there are also potential health risks.

How to get an extra hour in bed when the clocks change if you have kids
Some research suggests that children’s health would be improved if clocks were moved forward an hour. Researchers compared 23,000 children aged five to 16 in England, Australia, the US, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland, Brazil, and the Portuguese island of Madeira.

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