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…


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

  • 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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