How To Take Care of your Sleep Routine When the Clocks Go Forward

Sunday 26th March sees Daylight Savings Time kick-in for the U.K. Meaning we’re finally waving goodbye to those cold, dark evenings and welcoming a bit of sunshine and (hopefully) warmth back into our lives.

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There’s always a down side though, and when the clocks go forward, we also lose an hour of sleep. And whilst it doesn’t seem like much, losing just one hour of sleep can upset your routine, causing you to feel a bit out of whack for a few days.

There are a few little things you can do to limit the impact entering DST has on your sleep routine though, find out more from our sleep experts below.

Why Do The Clocks Go Forward?

The ‘Summer Time Act’ was passed on the 17th May 1916, after a few years of campaigning by a man called William Willett; he was a lover of open spaces and conceived the idea whilst horseback riding through the woods in summer. Noticing how many curtains were still drawn, with occupants still asleep or just waking up for the day, he thought why not turn the clocks back and allow us that extra time to enjoy the daylight?

It wasn’t until the impact of World War One that the notion finally got passed, but what William Willett recognised was that changing the clocks would help a variety of industries get the most out of their workers. Through WWI there was a vast shortage of coal, therefore working hours could be extended during spring and summer, by using the extra daylight hours to their advantage.

When Daylight Savings Time was introduced in the United Kingdom, civil time was advanced one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. 

Build A Sleep Routine

A good night’s sleep is imperative to your overall health and wellbeing, NHS research suggests that a lack of sleep could lead to a number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as seriously shortening your overall life expectancy.

How much sleep you need per night is totally dependant on your lifestyle, the recommended is around 8 hours. But less, or more, could work for you. What is important is that you learn to understand what affects how well you sleep at night.

Building a sleep routine and sticking to it is the best way of getting yourself into good habits, so that when the clocks do go forward you will find it easy to fall into your new routine. This includes simple little things like going to bed at the same time each night, trying to wake up at a similar time each morning and limiting use of digital devices up to an hour before bedtime, for more quick tips on how to get a good night’s sleep, read our handy guide!

Let yourself lie-in

Most people will find that their body clock will wake them up at the weekend at the time they would usually find themselves getting up to go to work. Letting yourself lie-in on Sunday morning will help you feel a bit better through the day, and ease you in to the routine for the following few days whilst you get used to the clocks changing. 

Go to bed an hour earlier

This might sound like something you most likely won’t want to do on a Sunday evening before heading off for work the following morning. But going to bed an hour earlier on the day of the clocks going forward will help to minimise the impact this has on your body. It's just for one night, and it will help you feel much more productive and awake during the week. 

Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. The clocks going forward will help us enjoy the lighter, brighter evenings. Finding time for yourself to fit in a little burst of exercise in the evenings will help you relax into the evening, and you should find it easier to drift off to sleep when you eventually get into bed!

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