Daylight Saving Time kicks off on Sunday when the country puts its clocks forward to welcome the start of summer 2022.
But what do I need to do, when do I need to do it and how much sleep will I lose?
If you don’t rely on your phone or computer, you’ll have to put the time forward by one hour in the early hours of Sunday morning.
You should put your clocks back on Sunday, March 27th at 1am.
They go back again on Sunday October 30th at 2am.
Unfortunately, you lose an hour of sleep when the clocks jump forward to mark the start of “Daylight Saving Time.”
But why do we concern ourselves with all this?
What is “Daylight Saving Time”?
The idea of British Summer Time (BST) was first proposed in the UK by William Willett, who happens to be the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, whose most famous song also happens to be called “Clocks”. He has the feeling that valuable daylight is wasted in the mornings in the summer months because people are still in bed.
In 1907 he published a pamphlet entitled The waste of daylight, in which he outlined his plans to change the time of the nation’s clocks. But when he died in 1915, the government still refused to support BST.
It wasn’t until a year later, in May 1916, that Britain passed the Summer Time Act and began changing its clocks twice a year. Ireland followed.
What are the advantages?
Proponents argue that summertime is good for physical and mental health, particularly in terms of relieving symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
The lighter evenings are also said to reduce traffic accidents and crime.
And the disadvantages?
Well, there’s always a risk of being late for a family dinner/football game/church service. But more seriously, critics have said that changing the clocks is economically and socially disruptive and therefore negates all benefits.
There are also a number of theories that suggest that turning the clocks forward has negative effects on the human body — in 2012, a University of Alabama study found that the risk of a heart attack increased on Mondays and Tuesdays after the clocks went forward at 10 percent increase.
When exactly will the watches be presented?
Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday March 27th.
This means that you should put your clocks forward at 1am on Sunday 27th or, failing that, before you go to bed on Saturday. They go back again on October 30th at 2am.
Ireland, along with the rest of the EU, was due to end the daylight saving time change last year, but complications with both Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic have delayed this.
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