Everything you need to know about the clocks going forward this weekend

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It’s that time of year again where we go around changing all the analogue clocks we have – including the microwave and oven.

Every year we move our clocks forward one hour in March, and back in October.

It happens every year, but for some reason it managed to catch many people out each time.

So make sure you take note of the date and time – because we’ll be losing an hour of sleep.

Thankfully, your smartphone will most probably do the job for you – but it’s important to be aware of those pesky analogue clocks.

Currently we’re still using Greenwich Meantime (GMT), but soon that will become British Summer Time (BST) – and we’ll get lighter evenings.

Here is everything you need to know.

What time do the clocks go forward?

The clocks will go forward at exactly 1am on Sunday, March 28 2021.

That means 1am will become 2am.

This happens every year on the last Sunday of March, in the middle of the night to make sure there is as little disruption as possible.

The clocks will revert back to GMT on October 31 at 2am – which is when we gain an hour.

Why do we still use daylight savings?

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The reasoning behind us having daylight savings is so that there is more light in the mornings during the darker months.

In theory this increases productivity.

But there are arguments both for and against have daylight savings time.

Those in favour say it saves energy, reduces traffic incidents and crime, and is good for business.

Those against say it’s not clear if any energy savings are actually made – and there are also some potential health risks.

Some say changing sleep patterns goes against a person’s natural circadian rhythms and has negative consequences for health.

How can the clock change impact your sleep?

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Martin Seeley, CEO of MattressNextDay, said: “Whilst ‘losing’ an hour’s sleep can take up to a week for your body to get back to its normal body clock, there are active measures you can take to help ease the process. For example, you could allow yourself to sleep in on Sunday, or having a 20-minute nap.

“However, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you lose out on some sleep.

“Ultimately, that extra hour of daylight also comes with its own benefits. It means that lighter evenings and more sunlight are on the horizon.”

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According to Martin, this will help “increase your vitamin D intake, which is not only vital for a well-functioning immune system, but for your bones and teeth, too”.

He added: “In fact, just 10 minutes spent in the sun can stop you from feeling lethargic, weak or even depressed. Just make sure to not stay out in the sun too long without any protection.

“The clock ‘springing forward’ will also make it easier for you to get out of bed in the morning. Being exposed to bright natural light coming through your window signals your brain to stop producing melatonin, which sets your internal clock for the rest of the day.”

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