Shedding light on Daylight Savings Time

March 29, 2014

Tomorrow sees the clocks leap forward for the start of daylight savings time, but if I’m honest I don’t really know why we have to change our clocks twice a year (I do however enjoy the idea of getting an extra hour in bed when they go back again).

I’m sure that I can remember hearing on the news a few years ago about a town/village within the UK who refused to change their clocks and stayed on GMT, I’m not too sure I could live with the confusion of which time zone I was supposed to be following.

I’ve come across a great infographic from Tempur which sheds the light on why we have daylight savings time…

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Did you know that the idea of Daylight Savings Time was first thought up by Benjamin Franklin in 1784?

And from 1986-1971 Britain stayed one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time for 3 years in a row? The period was dubbed ‘permanent summer’ although I expect the British weather was not so different from today![/box]

 

Source: Tempur

Disclosure: This post was brought to you in collaboration with Tempur

2 Comments

  • Samantha R March 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I know what you mean, the idea of having an extra hour when they go back is a good one, it rarely happens for parents though and just makes for the longest day ever

  • Sara ( March 30, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    This is really interesting! #BlogClub

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