Clocks go back one hour tonight – giving Brits an hour extra in bed

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Tonight is the night we’ve all been waiting for – the clocks go back, giving us one much-needed extra hour of sleep this Halloween.

The clock change happens twice a year, but always manages to catch people unaware – so make sure you make note of the date!

You don’t want to turn up early for something because you forgot to move your analogue clock forward.

Every October, when the nights are getting darker, the clock goes back in order to give us more daylight hours.

Then, in spring, the clocks go forward as the evenings and mornings become brighter.

But for now, the clocks will go back, moving us from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

What time do the clocks go back?

The clocks will go back one hour in the middle of the night on Sunday, October 31 – at 1am to be exact.

If you’re still awake at 1am you’ll see any digital clocks that update automatically move from 1am to 2am.

The clock change always happen in the middle of the night on a weekend to avoid too much disruption.

It always happens on the last Sunday of October. Then, on the last Sunday of March, the clock will go forward one hour. Next year this will take place on March 27.

This is the bad one where you lose an hour of sleep.

Will it get lighter or darker in the mornings?

When the clock goes back, Daylight Saving Time ends, which means it will be brighter for one hour in the morning.

It also means sunset will come one hour earlier in the evening, meaning the evenings will get darker earlier.

Why do the clocks change?

The clocks go back in autumn and forward in spring so we can make the most out of the natural light as the earth orbits the sun.

The idea was first suggested by American politician and inventor Benjamin Franklin, who proposed the idea in 1784.

He claimed that if people would get out of bed earlier they would make the most out of daylight – and therefore burn less candles.

In 1907 William Willett, Coldplay singer Chris Martin's great-great-grandfather, campaigned to advance the clocks in spring and summer and return them in autumn.

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He was angry at the waste of daylight during the summer morning, and he self-published a pamphlet called “The Waste of Daylight”.

The House of Commons rejected the bill in 1908, but in 1916 the Summer Time Act was finally passed.

The UK went two hours ahead during the Second World War, which was then called British Double Summer Time (BDST).

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