"Why do they go forwards?"
A man named William Willet is the reason we’re all getting less sleep this weekend. He didn’t want people to waste perfectly good daylight so he proposed that we change the clocks at different times of the year so we could get as much sunshine as possible.
While this is a noble endeavour, it doesn’t take away the fact that we’re all going to be a little bit grumpier on Sunday.
"What about my sleep pattern?"
As we have discussed before, waking at different times can play havoc on your sleep pattern. After you’ve put so much effort into getting into a sleep-friendly routine, it would be a shame to go and mess it all up now. Here are some ways to prepare this weekend to wake up fresh as a daisy on Tuesday!
The first thing to do is stick to your normal sleep pattern this weekend. I know, I know, it’s a Bank Holiday. You work hard and deserve to let your hair down, but getting up at your normal time over this weekend can make the rest of the week much easier.
You can try to get to bed earlier, too. Think about it! The clocks are taking an hour from you in the morning, why not steal it right back the night before? That’ll show them! It doesn’t even have to be a big change, just half an hour earlier and you’ll feel right as rain.
Create the sort of bed that makes it impossible to keep your eyes open. You know the one I mean. Freshly cleaned sheets, a warm and inviting duvet, fluffy pillows. With the clocks moving forward, every minute of sleep counts; why not make it perfect?
Don’t go barking mad on the town! Yes, you humans want to celebrate not going to work on Monday, but alcohol and late nights reap havoc with your sleep pattern - much worse than one less hour of sleep will!
Get yourself some sunshine over the weekend! Take your pooch for a stroll… Hit the road on your bike… The outdoor world is your oyster! Natural light plays an important role in our internal sleep clock, and the combination of exercise, natural light and fresh air will help you sleep soundly.
See, it doesn’t have to be an awful experience. Follow my advice and you won’t even notice the clocks going forward. I, however, am going to ignore all of that and stay in bed. What did you expect? I’m a puppy!