British Summer time is what the rest of the world calls Daylight saving time. In the UK we have had British Summer time since the First World War when it was introduced in 1916. During World War II, Britain retained the hour’s advance on GMT at the start of the winter of 1940 and continued to advance the clocks by an extra hour during the summers until July 1945. During these summers Britain was thus 2 hours ahead of GMT and operating on British Double Summer Time. The clocks were reverted to GMT at the end of the summer of 1945. In 1947 the clocks were advanced by one hour twice during the spring and put back twice during the autumn so that Britain was on BDST during the height of the summer. Confused!
Well the idea is that by moving the clock forward in the spring the afternoons have more daylight and the evenings are longer. Of course it works the other way too, so that the mornings are going to be a bit darker from no on.
Not everyone thinks it’s a good idea. If you like to get things done in the early evening like sports, shopping and give it a few more weeks a BBQ, then it’s great, but it’s not universally popular with farmers and others who have to make an early start to the day.
What about it’s effects on health? Well that’s unclear. What is clear is that it’s important to get plenty of sleep. Check out this article by Mark Sisson for everything you need to know about the benefits of sleep.
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