The countdown to summer is officially on and we're all looking forward to the days getting lighter.
And it won't be long before we can enjoy some brighter days, with Spring nearly here.
Later this month the clocks go forward to British Summer Time, meaning we'll see lighter evenings - but it does mean your Sunday lie-in will be cut a little short when the change happens.
In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March.
The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).
Here’s everything you need to know about the clock change, and some tips for coping with it.
When do the clocks change?
The exact change happens at 1am on Sunday, March 28, this year, at which point the clocks go forward to 2am.
The clocks go back again by one hour on October 31 at 2am. When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Why do the clocks change?
Benjamin Franklin came up with the clock change idea in Paris in 1784.
The lightbulb-inventor suggested that people could save money on candles if they got up when it was lighter outside.
In 1907, this idea was brought to the UK by a builder called William Willett, who published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to wake up earlier.
Sadly, the UK government took some convincing to make the clock change official, and it wasn’t until 1916 - a year after Willett died - that the clock change was implemented in the UK.
Will my phone change automatically?
If you have an iPhone, iPad or Mac they will automatically change.
Just to be sure you're not caught out on the time front, check that you have your 'date and time' options set to 'set automatically and make sure your iOS is up to date too.
For smartphones, network operators should change the time accordingly so you shouldn't have to do anything but again, make sure you have automatic updates set to your phone.
How to cope with the clock change
When the clocks change we lose an hour of sleep and this can affect your body clock and sleep patterns.
But there are some ways to prepare yourself for the change to minimise the impact it may have.
Prepare your body
Try gradually shifting the timing of your body clock in the days before the clock change. This means that by Sunday your body will already be on BST.
Try to get outside soon after you wake up on Sunday. This bright light will boost your mood and alertness, and will also provide the signal the body needs to push the body clock earlier in time.
Avoid staying up and getting up late
Try to stick to your weekday sleep schedule. If you let yourself have a lie in, you’ll need an even bigger shift in internal timing to adapt and get up for the first day back at work.
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