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It happens every year – but some people are always caught out by the clock change.
Every October the clocks go back, to change from British Summer Time (BST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
As Autumn leaves start to fall and the days become darker, we move the clock back.
You may get an hour extra in bed, but the reality is, for those doing shift work or night work, it could mean an hour extra at work.
And there's also the joy of trying to work out which clocks adjusted automatically, and those that didn't.
Thankfully, smartphones will update automatically. But you’ll still have to go around the house adjusting any analogue timepieces you have.
So it’s important to take note of the date to make sure you remember – because it means you’ll get an extra hour in bed.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clock change.
When do the clocks go back?
The clocks will go back on Sunday, October 25.
At exactly 2am the clock will jump backwards to 1am.
The clocks always go back on the last Sunday of October, and last year it fell on October 27.
The change always happens on a weekend, in the middle of the night, to ensure there is limited disruption.
Will it get lighter in the mornings?
Yes, the clock going back will give us an extra hour of precious daylight in the mornings.
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However, as we head towards winter, the days will gradually get darker and darker right up until we change the clocks again in March 2021.
This is the exact reason we have daylight savings time, which was campaigned for by builder William Willett.
Daylight savings was eventually introduced in 1916 as a way of adding extra daylight hours into the working day to save energy in the winter months.
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