Spring Forward, Fall Back

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The days are drawing in, the weather is turning colder and summer is slipping from our hands. But there is a bonus. An extra hour in bed! Okay, maybe only one extra hour but every hour counts right?

The exact date for the rewind is October 30th! This will make the evenings shorter and the mornings longer. A plus for getting children into bed. I don’t know about you, but trying to lay them to sleep when it is still sunny outside has been no easy task. It may not be so much of a plus if you enjoy leaving work in daylight hours though.

So why do we do it?

It’s a practice we have been observing for 100 years now. Annual hibernation? An excuse to stock up on hot chocolate and crank up the heating? Well, research shows that the clocks falling back does actually cause a peak in these items sales figures.

People even speak about hibernation. The average Briton socialises once a week in Winter as opposed to an average three times a week in summer. But actually, the real reason for this change in time is due to a man called William Willett. He wanted to make sure we made the most of our mornings! It really was a bid to get us out of bed.

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The period of implementation was also a time of economic downfall and the change in time was hoped to reduce coal consumption and increase supplies for efforts in the World War. To this day, despite protest from many, we still uphold GMT.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on October 30th! Enjoy the extra hour too!

Clocks available at www.beckyandlolo.co.uk

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