daylight saving time
It’s here, finally – the greatest day in the sleep calendar. Forget new year’s day or Christmas, on Sunday the clocks will go back one hour and we’ll all be gifted one extra hour in bed. Bliss…
It does seem strange though, considering that in a time of such technological advancement and artificial lighting, that this seasonal alteration continues. Does one hour really make that much difference? Why do we do it at all? Put simply, turning our clocks forward and back depending on the seasons makes better use of sunlight, effectively moving one hour of daylight from the evening to the morning.
This seasonal effort to seize as much sunlight as possible began over 100 years ago, surging to popularity at the turn of the first world war where countries sought to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel. By May 1916, the UK has been using daylight saving time, and has continued to do so ever since.
Though there have been recent calls to get rid of daylight saving time altogether, from safety concerns due to darker mornings, animal welfare fears due to the routine changes for livestock, as well as the sheer inconvenience of changing clocks twice a year. If energy consumption remains the concern, it is thought that longer, darker evenings may actually increase our consumption, when central heating and artificial lighting is used in abundance.
Whilst many of these fears are somewhat irrational, the very real issue of brighter mornings and darker evenings means that for many, work will begin in darkness and end in darkness too. With this, our melatonin levels are likely to be higher which can cause people to feel more groggy than usual, taking a week or two to shake that lethargy as they adapt to the new time schedule.
As a result, Vitamin D should become your new best friend. Absorbed through sunlight, Vitamin D helps to make our bones stronger and also works to significantly improve our mood. Sunlight can be hard to indulge in however, especially through those cold winter months, so it’s essential that we get outside when possible to get that essential vitamin.
Whether you embrace the cold winter months or hibernate until the springtime, one thing we can all agree on is that your bed gets a whole lot comfier when it’s cold outside. Stay toasty this Autumn with our brand new hot¬ duvet, one half warmer, the other half cooler, for two different environments of sleep under one perfect duvet. You can even accompany your duvet with your perfect pillow that you can design specifically to how you sleep, to complete the set and form a sanctuary from the cold.
Pen it in your diary. Sunday 27th October (2019) 2:00 am, the clocks go back by 1 hour. Lie down, relax, snuggle your sheets and don’t panic. It’s not 8.00 am, it’s 7.00 am.