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Fall Behind this autumn and change your clocks

10.11.2011

More information about changing the clocks and tips to help you adjust quickly

As the seasons start to change and the crisp fall air replaces those hot summer days, one of the little things you have to look forward to is changing the clocks to get another hour of daylight. During the summer months, people adjust their clocks to get more daylight in the afternoon and less in the morning. British Summer Time (BST) lasts for a few months, and though it can be difficult for anyone who isn't a morning person to lose an hour of sleep at first, adjusting the clocks can help people make the most of their daylight hours and get better rest.

Daylight savings time seeks to match up the hours of daylight as closely as possible with the hours that people are awake. While the days are shorter in the winter, long hours of sunlight through the evening can disrupt sleeping patterns in the summer. Adjusting the clocks forward one hour helps regulate sleeping patterns while still enjoying the best of summer brightness.

When the fall rolls around, it's time to turn back the clocks and complete the daylight savings time cycle. This switch usually happens on the last weekend of October or the first weekend in November, on a Sunday. As modern technology evolves, many of your home clocks, computers, car radios and other devices will update their clocks automatically, leaving you to get an extra hour of sleep and wake up the next day feeling refreshed.

Prepare yourself for daylight savings time by marking it on your calendar and reminding family and friends about when it's coming up. Look for any devices in the home that will update themselves automatically and designate this as your main clock, which you can use to verify that all the other clocks in your home are correct.

For most people, daylight savings time takes a few days to adjust to, and while you might welcome the extra hour of sleep in the morning, you might not feel tired in the evenings when your regular bedtime rolls around. Even if you're not quite ready to put your head on the pillow in those first initial days after the clocks change, making an effort to do so will help you adjust to the time change more quickly and get you back to your regular routines.

By planning ahead for daylight savings time, you can adjust quickly to the time change, though this seems more difficult to master in autumn, if the results of paid surveys are anything to go by. 48% of respondents prefer to set their clocks forward whilst 47% of respondents believe Britain should keep BST (British summer time) all year round with age a contributing factor; the older the respondent, the more likely they are to favour BST.