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Start Preparing For Your Extra Hour Of Sleep Because The Clocks Are Going Back

Stewart Perrie

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Start Preparing For Your Extra Hour Of Sleep Because The Clocks Are Going Back

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The summer is a particularly gorgeous time of year for many parts of the world. The sun is usually shinning, it's much warmer than those dreary winter months, and it's bright for ages. Depending on where you live, that glistening ball in the sky stays up there for hours upon hours - giving citizens on the ground even more time to bask in its light over a few pints.

But the good times can't always roll.

We're fast approaching that time of year where the clocks have to go back to reflect daylight saving. This means the sun will set much earlier than the last few weeks and soon enough it won't rise until you've arrived at work and it'll be dark by about 4pm.

Unfortunately, that date is next Sunday.

British Summer Time (BST) was passed by Parliament in 1916, but the campaign to have it in place lasted nearly a decade. William Willet wanted people to stop wasting time in the summer months and proposed pushing the clocks back an hour. There was a push for it in other parts of the world to help reduce electricity usage.

However ancient civilisations used to do it as well. While they didn't change their 'clocks', they would adapt their daily schedules to accommodate the different sunrise and sunset times.

But while this practice has been a part of British culture for more than a century, there are growing calls to have it scrapped. A website, aptly named We Don't Need DST, highlights all the negative effects of the time keeping, writing: "Daylight Saving Time is a left-over of the early 20th century. It has no purpose in this age."

According to the site, 68 percent of countries in the world don't use Daylight Saving Time, probably because they're along or close enough to the equator and it wouldn't change an ordinary day that much.

But DST has some pretty concerning impacts on a person and society, including a reported increased risk of heart attacks, suicide and sleep disruption. Farmers have been opposed to the practice for some time, as they argued that the evening light was much more beneficial to them compared to an extra hour in the morning.

As much as some people complain about the changes, the one big thing that proponents enjoy is that extra hour of sleep; and who doesn't enjoy a sleep in?

Topics: UK News, Interesting, Time, Britain

Stewart Perrie
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