Clocks go back 2014
It’s that time of year again, where the trees are shaking their leaves off and the evenings are getting darker. The clocks officially go back by one hour at 2am on Sunday 26th October. The clocks go back and forward to make the most of the sunlight. In this instance we’re going to gain an hour, and have lighter evenings and darker mornings. When the clocks go forward in March, we lose an hour and enter British Summer Time (BST). When the clocks go back we enter Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Daylight saving first began in the UK on 21 May 1916. This enables us to be more productive in the evenings, and maybe fit some exercise in. Of course we also end up spending a little less on electricity. For a lot of us it now simply signals the beginning of winter.
Explaining to children that they can (please) stay in bed for an extra hour is very difficult. It’s sometimes a good idea to give them a bit or warning and make it more of a fun game. Get them excited about it, start a countdown calendar to ‘winter time’. Then they’ll be prepared for it when it comes. It might sound a bit over the top, but it will encourage them to think of staying in bed an extra as fun and exciting rather than annoying. An alternative idea is to slowly shift their bedtimes so they’re going to be a little bit later every day. You shouldn’t need more than one-two weeks to do this if you do it in 15 minute increments. Once they adjust to the first shift, you can move it again by 15 minutes and so on.
Why is it hard to get up early?
Interestingly, we sleep in cycles of 90 minutes. So if we wake up during one of the cycles, it’s much harder to wake up and get going. So get a pen and paper and work out when you’re typically falling asleep, and when you’re waking up. It can be as simple as just adjusting your bedtime by 15 minutes or so. And if all else fails, remember we get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday 26th – so enjoy!
October 24th 2014