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When do the clocks go back in 2018

When do the clocks go back and why?

Winter is coming and the clocks are about to go back. For most people, this won’t cause any major problems as turning the clock back an hour has less of an effect on the body than setting the clock an hour ahead. This is because our natural rhythm falls between 24 and 25 hours. If the day is one hour longer than usual, it won’t have much of an impact on many kinds of physical processes.

Entering British Summer Time is harder as the day lasts only 23 hours, and you might suffer from fatigue and other symptoms when the clocks first go forward. The start of winter time isn’t too bad unless you are the lucky owner of small children who insist on starting the day an hour earlier!

UK Clock Time The 29th of  October 2017 – British Summer Time (BST) Ends
On Sunday, 28th of October 2017, 02:00:00 the clocks will be turned backwards by 1 hour to Sunday, 28th of October 2017, 01:00:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on 29th Oct 2017 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning. Also known as Winter Time, an easy mnemonic to remember which way the clocks go is,’Spring Forward and Fall Back’.Daylight saving time will end in Europe also ends on October 28th.’


Children during the Winter time

Children under five years old have a biological clock that is pretty tightly set at exactly 24 hours long. Whatever time they go to bed, children usually wake up at the same time each day. When the clocks go back, there is a danger that they will wake up an hour earlier than mum and dad would like. Tip: To avoid this, try putting them to bed an hour earlier the night before. Fortunately, older children can adjust to the start of the winter season easily in comparison. They have to wake up early during the school week so will suddenly feel as if they’ve had an extra hour’s lie in! It’s bound to have a positive effect on their mood!

Long Dark Winter Days

Whether the time difference is positive or negative, the effect is of course temporary. One week later, all biological clocks are restored and everyone is back in the same rhythm. However, it must be said that rising in the winter period is not easy for many people. The dark mornings mean that the body often remains stubbornly in sleep mode. The result: fatigue, tired eyes and grumpiness at the breakfast table. Some people are so sensitive to the lack of light that they become a little depressed or can even get SAD.

Tip: Light therapy can help to invest in a  daylight lamp provides your retina with extra light, which can greatly alleviate the symptoms of fatigue and somnolence.

Light therapy is a treatment that can be easily carried out at home. It involves allowing a patient to have a special lamp placed in front of the patient. The duration of each session lasts up to 30 minutes of exposure to a fluorescent light box soon after waking up every day for 8 weeks.

The research, published in 2015 in the Journal of Psychiatry after the completion of the first placebo-controlled trial that found that ”Light therapy is an effective treatment for depression that is not brought on by a seasonal affective disorder.”

What to consider: It is, however, important that you choose the right kind of therapy lamp for your particular needs. You should also read the manual before using the device for the first time.

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Tips and tricks

Do you want to get through the winter with as little hassle as possible? Follow these tips:

1. Getting up is easier when the light is on. Program all the lamps in your bedroom to turn on at the same time as your alarm clock. Light sends a signal to your brain that the day has started so the sleepy feeling will hopefully quickly disappear.

2. Try a wake-up light that gives the effect of a rising sun to make you wake up faster and more comfortably from your dreams. You can also download ‘get up’ apps that help you arise from your slumbers.

Did you know?

UBC and Day Light Savings was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in  – he suggested that if working hours were during daylight, people could save money on candle wax, which was costly at the time and would also help to save energy.

It was phased out but reintroduced during WWII. There are over 70 countries that use Daylight Saving Time worldwide and affects over 1 billion people every year. This year marks the 101st anniversary of Daylight Saving in Britain. It commenced on Sunday, March 21, 1916, the nation’s clocks were advanced by one hour for the first time. The idea was created in order to help to conserve energy, but it also helps drives in the evening to make sure they have enough daylight to make a safer journey home.

Source: NHS,,, Journal of Psychiatry

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