In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1 am on the last Sunday in March. This may rob us of an hour’s sleep because we have skipped an hour of time. but, on the flip side, will provide us with lighter evenings and align the UK with clocks on the continent.
Most digital devices will automatically update but it’s important to prepare if you use any devices that aren’t connected to the internet or use a traditional alarm clock to wake up in the morning.
We look at six things that will benefit you from daylight saving time.
1. It’s officially British Summer Time
It might not always be sunny or hot, but when the clocks go forward, our time zone changes from GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) to BST (British Summer Time).
2. It’s lighter for longer
One of the biggest benefits of ‘springing forward’ is that we have lighter evenings.
3. It’s good for your health
More daylight means more sunlight. Our body produces Vitamin D naturally when exposed to direct sunlight. It is a vital vitamin required for having healthy teeth and bones, it helps us remain healthy and fight diseases as well as facilitating immune system function and regulating the absorption of calcium and phosphorous.
Without enough vitamin D, we can feel lethargic, weak and even depressed. Your body only needs 10 minutes of midday sun (without sunscreen) to produce enough for the day.
4. You’ll naturally wake up
Waking up in the dark winter is hard going because our bodies don’t think its morning yet. Your circadian rhythm, or ‘body clock’, can be easily manipulated by natural light. Exposure to bright natural light via the sun tells your body that it’s daytime, which signals your brain to stop producing melatonin, the hormone that regulates your circadian rhythm.
5. There are fewer road traffic accidents
Studies have shown with the lighter daytime hours this leads to a general sense of wellbeing, cognition and fewer accidents on the roads.
6. Energy Saving
With one extra hour of daylight in the evening, we use less energy for both heating and lighting our homes. We can also rely a lot more on solar energy, which is far less harmful to the environment than fossil fuels. On summer evenings, people tend to spend time outside of the house, which consequently means you are less likely to be using electricity or gas inside your home.
As we’re all facing uncertain times, Red Candy is working hard to stay focused on the positive! They know the clocks moving forward won’t be cancelled, so they have added a selection of quirky clocks to raise a smile in these darker days.
It’s always nice to have a visitor, and with a Cuckoo House Clock, you know the door will constantly be flinging open to reveal a feathered friend!