It’s that time of year again! The clocks go forward one hour this weekend as we officially adjust to British Summer Time. It happens every year and we should eagerly look forward to it because it heralds the arrival of longer, brighter days and the emergence from winter. Well, maybe… However the NHS, never ones to miss an opportunity to scare-monger, are issuing dire warnings about the effects it might have on your sleep patterns and how to counteract such perils.
Although we are actually only talking about one night here, the NHS points out that regular poor sleep can put you at risk of developing complaints such as obesity, heart disease or diabetes. They suggest you can remedy this by going to bed a little earlier, say 10 or 15 minutes, each night in the run-up to the switch over. An alternative idea which might be more appealing is to stay in bed for an hour longer on Sunday morning.
If that doesn’t work, you could try a relaxing bath or a little meditation before bedtime, or even eating sleep-inducing food like pineapple or cherries but lay-off the booze. Equally, a walk round the house adjusting all your clocks should tire you out.
Of course, none of this applies should you be working a night-shift on Saturday night as advancing the clocks simply means you will be working for an hour less!