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Monday, 2nd March

Spring into Spring when the Clocks Go Forward. Our guide to making the most out of extra daylight

First up, here’s a quick rundown on the change from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST)...

When do the clocks go forward?

In 2020 the clocks will go forward on Sunday 29th March, so remember to change your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night. Your digital clocks should update themselves.

Although an hour of sleep is lost, it is important that the clock change takes place, as it helps to save energy. But there are other benefits too - with lighter evenings, there’s more time to enjoy outdoor activities before dark! There’s also evidence to show that we feel better in ourselves. Researchers from Quebec, Canada found that depression rates fall when the clocks go forward, due to how people’s sleep patterns change. So, stepping out in the daylight can have a positive effect on both body and mind. 

Keep reading to learn how you can make the most of the extra daylight and how a few more hours of sunlight can work wonders on your well-being. 

Make after-work plans

Did you find yourself rushing home to get cosy during the winter months? When the longer days kick in, there’s more time to get out and about in the daylight hours. Whether you head for a long walk or meet up with friends, making plans during the week is an easy way to make the most of the clock change.

Switch up your schedule

Do you have a side hustle you’ve been meaning to start? Or a goal you want to achieve? Now is a great time to put your plans into practice. Changing your schedule to free up some time for new projects can be a rewarding step. If you’re a regular at the gym, swap to an early morning session to free up your evenings for other ventures.

Use your outdoor space

The best place to make the most of the daylight is outside. Exposure to sunlight stimulates Vitamin D production, which is important for both mental and physical health. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, yard or balcony, be sure to spend time in these spaces. Invite some friends over for some al-fresco dining or sit out with a book in the evening. If you don’t have this option, a local park can be a good alternative. 

And if you’re struggling to sleep with the lighter nights, here are some tips:

  • Block out the light with an eye mask or a blackout blind
  • Create a calm and relaxing sleep environment 
  • Keep your room at the optimum temperature - between 15℃ and 19℃ is recommended for sleep

Want to see how Benenox can help you transition from Greenwich Mean Time to British Summer Time? Visit your local Morrisons to get your hands on some for just £8.50!

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