In just over a week, on Sunday October 29, the clocks go back an hour. Summer finally gives way to autumn, and shorter days and darker nights are on the horizon.
But the day the clocks go back also marks National Sleep In Day – our annual campaign that celebrates the extra hour we all get in bed.
And with research telling us that more than a third of Brits get by on just five to six hours a night, now’s your chance to enjoy the extra 60 minutes dozing under the sheets – completely guilt free!
Here’s everything you need to know about the autumn time change, including some top tips on making the most of the extra hour in bed.
When do the clocks go back one hour?
Sunday 29 October at 2am.
Why do they go back?
Edwardian builder William Willett introduced the idea of British Summer Time, also known as Daylight Saving Time, in 1907.
A keen supporter of the outdoors, he noticed that during the summer people were still asleep when the sun had risen and wanted to stop Brits from wasting valuable daylight hours. Back then the clocks were set to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) meaning it was light by 3am and dark at 9pm midsummer.
Willett published a pamphlet called ‘The Waste of Daylight’ in a bid to get people out of bed earlier by changing the nation’s clocks, arguing it would not only improve health and happiness but it would save the country £2.5 million.
The UK introduced British Summer Time / British Daylight Time hours in 1916 – allowing everyone to enjoy the perks of summer with more time to enjoy the daylight.
1. Remember to switch the alarm off before you go to sleep at night.
2. Unplug any phones in the room and ensure that any radios or televisions are not set to come on at any time in the morning.
3. Make sure you close the curtains – preferably good heavy ones that will block out the daylight that can disturb your mid-morning slumber.
4. Make sure you are sleeping on a good bed. An old one with creaky springs and a chronic roll-together mattress is not conducive to a good night’s sleep, let alone a lie-in.
5. Remember, the bigger your bed, the less the chance your sleep will be disturbed by your partner.
6. If you have young children, make sure you and your partner take a lie-in in turns with the ‘on duty’ partner responsible for keeping noise levels down.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back an hour before you go to bed. Most smartphones and tablets will update automatically.