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Everything Could Be About To Change
Jan Harris, Assistant Editor
The clocks go back on Sunday, October 28, so ending British Summertime and bringing in longer nights along with an extra hour of sleep.

Does this mean we will be more or less tired?

The changing of the clocks happens twice a year in the UK. They go forward one hour in March and back one hour in October. So we will all gain an extra hour in bed tonight as at 2am on Sunday 28 October the clocks will go back one hour.

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Technology is wonderful as our smartphones and laptops will update automatically, but clocks on our ovens and in our cars will need to be changed manually.

However if EU plans are accepted the confusion of daylight saving time twice a year could be a thing of the past. So if it becomes law the changing of the clocks could stop in 2019.

No time change for Morocco

The Moroccan government has adopted overnight, only two days before Morocco was set to turn back the clocks one hour with the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST) on 28 October, to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year-round.

The country normally changes the clocks four times in the year, twice for DST and twice for the weeks of Ramadan.

This permanent DST will be adopted as 'an experiment' to see how it works out.

Morocco joins other countries mainly in Africa and Asia, which do not use daylight saving.

The Benefits of Changing to Single/Double Summer Time

One UK campaign group even says staying at summer time all year-round would reduce traffic accidents, because road users would be able to see better in the evenings.

Proposals to amend the system of timekeeping have a long history in Britain, with RoSPA spearheading the campaign for a change that would bring lighter evenings all year round.

The most recent research estimates that adopting Single/Double Summer Time would have the net effect of saving around 80 lives and 212 serious injuries a year.

Extra evening daylight protects vulnerable road users like children, the elderly, cyclists and motorcyclists.

When children are making their way home from school just after 4pm on weekdays is the peak time for pedestrian casualties.

In November between 5pm and 8pm research has shown that drivers have 30% more accidents than in October.

Health and Wellbeing

Another reason for not changing the clocks would mean that our sleep patterns would remain stable.

Humans get very used to certain cycles of sleep and by changing the time even by just an hour our bodies struggle to keep up.

Some sleep clinics have reported after the clock change more patients coming in with forms of insomnia.

It has even been reported that when the clocks change our bodies suffer from a mini version of jetlag, especially in summer when we lose an hour.

Forward or back?

I've heard people say: "do we put the clocks forward or back." An easy way to remember this is 'spring forward, fall back'.

So enjoy your extra hour in bed!


In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.

The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There's more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).

When the clocks go back, the UK is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).


Everything Could Be About To Change, 27th October 2018, 21:00 PM