March always proves to be a mixed bag weather wise and ‘British Summer Time’(BST) may feel like something in the far and distant future but it’s time to move the clocks forward and enter BST.
With the introduction of smartphones, watches and tablets, the ritual of changing the clocks around your home is not what it used to be as these will change automatically, but any manual clocks need to go forward this weekend.
They need to go forward at 1am on Sunday 27th March. Remember if we are due to visit you for servicing or to drop /collect toilets on Monday 28th,make sure your clocks are changed ready.
British Summer Time (BST) was first introduced over 100 years ago to help the war effort in the summer months during the First World War.
Agricultural workers, who were few and far between after many farm hands joined the armed services, could work on later into the evening.
Builder, William Willett, championed this idea. He originally wanted to move the clocks forward by 80 minutes in four 20-minute steps every Sunday in April.
The reverse would then happen each Sunday in September to set the clocks back an hour.
William Willett claimed British Summer Time would save the country£2,500,000 in 1907. Today that’s the equivalent of £289.1m.
Unfortunately, Willett never lived to see his idea adopted – he died on 4March 1915, but the first British Summer Time began on 21 May 1916.
As an experiment between 1968 and 1971, the clocks were changed to BST permanently, but after complaints that it made Scotland too dark in the mornings, the Government reverted to using BST between March and October.
As we’ll lose an hour of valuable sleep this weekend, what can you do to prepare yourself for the clocks going forward without waking up weary and dazed on Sunday morning, an hour behind schedule?
It’s not just about getting your rest on Saturday night. On Thursday before the clocks change, try stopping caffeine, and swap it for a decaf tea or coffee instead.
Avoid caffeine again on Friday and go to sleep half an hour earlier that evening. For the few days before the clocks change try eating all your meals half an hour earlier than you usually would.