Published on March 24th, 2018 | by Jasmine Evans
Have You Put Your Clocks Forward?
It happens twice a year – we either lose an hour or gain an hour of our precious sleep. This year, on Sunday 25th March, our clocks go forward by one hour to mark the start of our British Summer Time. Have you put your clocks forward?
Daylight Saving Time (DST)
The simple purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to save energy and make better use of our daylight. By putting our clocks forward and backward, we effectively gain more daylight in the evening and less in the morning – meaning that our summer nights are longer, and we gain one extra hour in bed in the autumn.
However, this weekend means a whole hour less in bed – and for those of us that lack the luxury of our smartphones updating automatically, if we forget, we often wake up dazed and confused.
The Origins of Daylight Saving Time
William Willet, the Englishman who proposed the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1907, was actually the great-great grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Willet dedicated many years of his life campaigning passionately for that extra hour of sunlight in the evening.
As a keen golfer and horse rider, Willet grew frustrated at how his fun was often cut short due to the sun going down so early in the evenings. He then spent the rest of his life convincing others to make the most of their summer, in a bid to stop people from wasting valuable sunlight. However, Mr Willet sadly passed away one year before he could reap the benefits of his campaigns, when the UK Parliament eventually passed the Summer Time Act in 1916.
Here are some fun facts and theories about Daylight Saving Time:
- Only 1/3 of the World recognises Daylight Saving Time.
- DST is said to end after Halloween because originally, the candy companies wanted trick or treaters to be out longer.
- Television ratings always go down in the first few weeks of DST.
- Many companies see an increase in their employees surfing the web aimlessly during work hours in the first day of DST, due to tiredness and lack of motivation.
- DST was extended in America in 2007, and as a result of this, the crime rate decreased by 7%.
- Car accidents increase in the first few weeks of DST.
- Some people believe that DST will save energy, as people will require less electricity for lighting and to power their homes.
- However, some researchers argue that DST does not preserve energy as people are running far more energy-eating equipment, such as air-conditioning.
Be More Prepared
For those of you that haven’t yet scheduled your clock change, there’s still time to ensure you’re extra prepared for Sunday morning, or even when we welcome back Greenwich Mean Time on 28th October 2018 at 1am.
With a huge range of Diaries, Calendars, and Planners here at the Post Office Shop, it’s impossible to forget the start of this year’s British Summer Time. Additionally, for a clock that gives you the time in split-second accuracy, why not try the Acctim Avanti Digital Desk and Wall Clock? With a built-in radio signal, this clock shows an exact time, date, temperature and even lunar phase – conveniently perfect for both home and work environments.