This weekend marks the end of British Summer Time, Winter is coming, as the clocks go backwards one hour at 2am on this Sunday 29 October. This will give all an extra hour sleep. Also we can prepare for the colder months when the sun sets earlier and days get significantly shorter. The clocks won’t go forward again until Sunday 31 March 2024.
While that means an extra hour in bed for some, it means an extra hour of work many won’t be paid for.
The Daylight Savings Time initiative was introduced and formalised as British Summer Time with the Summer Time Act 1916. Especially this day’s, the debate as to whether we should continue to comply with Daylight Saving Time (DST) protocols continues to run rife.
Many academics, scientists and campaigners have called for the abolition of the clock turning-tradition, citing improvements to mental and physical health, public safety and wellbeing.
But what are the positive advantages of such a decision?