Everything you need to know about the clocks going forward

We may still be wrapping up, but the countdown to summer is already on.

The clocks go forward in a matter of weeks and usually it's the signal of warmer weather ahead.

The UK is excitedly gearing up for Spring and the more daylight hours that come with it.

The evenings will remain lighter for longer as daylight hours increase – and the excitement grows as the sun comes out.

Soon we put the clocks forward, taking us from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

Here’s everything you need to know about the clock change, and some tips for coping with it.

When do the clocks change?

The clocks will go forward at 1am on Sunday 28 March 2021.

In the early stages, the mornings will become slightly darker but we are rewarded with lighter evenings.

The longest days are usually in June before we then put the clocks back in October.

Why do the clocks change?

Benjamin Franklin came up with the clock change idea in Paris in 1784.

The lightbulb-inventor suggested that people could save money on candles if they got up when it was lighter outside.

In 1907, this idea was brought to the UK by a builder called William Willett, who published a leaflet called The Waste of Daylight, encouraging people to wake up earlier.

Sadly, the UK government took some convincing to make the clock change official, and it wasn’t until 1916 – a year after Willett died – that the clock change was implemented in the UK.

Do we get an extra hour in bed?

Sadly, we don't.

That is the big bonus attached to when the the clocks go back in October.

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But at least we get a lot of extra lighter hours to enjoy.

March 28 will mark the beginning of British Summer Time – who needs to be in bed!

Helping you body cope with the change

It can often take some time to adjust to the change – especially when it comes to your sleep.

Dr Victoria Revell, Head of Strategic Development at the Surrey Clinical Research Centre, has offered some advice to help.

She explained: "Moving the clocks forward will result in delaying the clock time of sunrise and thus the time that we receive the morning bright light necessary to keep our body clock on track.

“Scheduling this time change for a weekend compounds the problem, as in addition to the clock change we tend to have different sleeping patterns during the weekend, so an even greater shift in internal timing is required to get us back on track come Monday morning.”

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